Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary (PS) Ronald Simwinga has reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to up hold the tenets of peace and stability as the country assume the Chairmanship of the SADC Organ on Politics Defence and Security Cooperation in August this year.
Dr. Simwinga said Zambia will continue promoting peace in the region as the country is founded on the legacy of stability, unity, security and good governance.
The PS said this when he officiated at the two days’ workshop on conflict mediation and mitigation training at Lusaka’s Pamodzi Hotel.
ZANIS reports that Dr. Simwinga said the training has come at an opportune time when government is in a process of enhancing the capacity of government officers on how to address conflicts, negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
He expressed optimism that the skills and knowledge to be acquired by
the participants will go a long way in supplementing government’s efforts in fostering peace in war torn countries.
Dr. Simwinga assured the participants that through them, government will
endeavor to effectively execute the mandate of the Organ Torika in
addressing conflicts in DRC and Madagascar.
Meanwhile, Dr. Siwinga said conflicts are a major obstacle to economic
and social development.
He said conflicts have the potential to scare away potential investors thereby, depriving the country of the much needed revenue also noted that vulnerable citizens end up suffering more as they are forced to seek refuge in other peaceful countries.
Dr. Siwinga lamented that conflicts negatively impact the country’s economy as evidenced from the trail of destruction left on infrastructure.
And Speaking earlier at the same function, American Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote said Zambia’s peaceful transitions of power since the introduction of multi-party elections stands out among African countries.
Ambassador Foote state that Zambia is an important player in the region because of its peaceful track record.
He said Zambia is known internationally as among the most stable and peaceful countries.