ADDIS ABABA, Aug 5 Zambia wants to take Ethiopia as an exemple in the constructive role it has been playing in East Africa, its Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susan Sikaneta, says.

She believes that Ethiopia is properly meeting its leading role in the political, economic and social spheres in East Africa and is playing a big role in bringing lasting peace to the sub-region by fighting terrorists and reconciling conflicting parties.

Sikaneta said in an interview here Monday that Ethiopia was allocating a lot of funds to create a strong trade, investment and market integration of the region since it shares borders with many countries.

Zambia has the aspiration to learn from this experience and play a leading role in the southern African sub-region, she added.

The ambassador noted that the diplomatic and political relationship of the two countries dated back to the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the forerunner of the present African Union (AU).

She recalled the close collaboration of Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, and Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie in bilateral and continental issues, adding that the trade and cultural relationship of the countries was growing stronger.

Sikaneta cited the collaboration of universities from Addis Ababa and Zambia in human resource development and research as an example.

Ethiopia is exporting a large amount of leather to Zambia while the latter exports to Ethiopia electric cables and other copper products, she said, adding that trade and commodity exchanges between the countries had been continuously improving.

Sikaneta also expressed her belief that Ethiopia’s annual 10 per cent economic growth would continue in the coming years.


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