While in opposition, President Hakindye Hichilema was very critical of his predecessor’s travels, calling them wasteful and careless, especially amid the economic crisis and austerity measures that the government was implementing.
But since taking office in August 2021, he has made nearly 30 international trips despite the deep crisis facing the economy.
Zambia’s economy is facing some of the strongest headwinds with its economy on the brink of collapse, facing the highest cost of living, high unemployment, a volatile exchange rate, and the high price of staple food, mealie and high-cost fuel. Is falling
President Hichilema says economic solutions are underway with an IMF bail-out approved by the IMF’s Board of Directors, and the restructuring of Zambia’s external debt, which he says will lead to job creation and economic and social Will give scope of budget for implementation of projects.
They also hope that the foreign direct investment they are attracting to the country will create jobs and help the economy grow.
Given below are some of his international travels since taking charge in August 2021.
President Hichilema International Tours
1. 15-19 January 2023- UAE, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
2. 12-14 January 2023 – Luanda, Angola – State House
3. December 11-20, Washington, USA-Africa Leaders Summit
4. November 6-8, Sharma El Sheikh, Egypt, COP 27, UNFCCC 27th Conference.
5. October 27-28 – Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho Prime Minister Sam Mateken inaugurated.
6. 12-13 October, Swakopmund, Namibia, International Trade Expo
September 15 – Luanda – Angola, inauguration Joao Lourenco
7. 17-24 September, New York, 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
8. 16-18 August – Kinshasa, DRC, 42nd SADC Ordinary Heads and Govt.
9. 2-4 August 2022 – Tanzania, State visit
10. 23-25 June 2022, Commonwealth Heads of State and Government (CHOGM), Kigali, Rwanda
11. 21-22 June Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, Parliament of the European Union
12. June 15 – Nairobi, Kenya – State visit
June 3-5 – Kingphom of Eswatini – State visit
13. May 08-11, 2022 – Cape Town, South Africa, Mining Indaba
14. February 17-18, 2022 – Brussels, Belgium EU/AU Summit
15. February 19-20 – Vatican, Rome – State visit
16. February 5 – February 8, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union,
17. January 26-27, Pretoria – Book launch
18. 19-21 January- Dubai, UAE, Dubai Expo 2020.
19. 12 January, Lilongwe, SADC Extraordinary Summit.
20. September 18, 2021 – United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), 6-day visit to New York and Washington.
This was his first foreign visit to the United States as the President of Zambia.
On September 21, 2021, President Hichilema met with US Vice President Kamala Harris as well as various US government officials.
21. November 1, 2021, 9-day visit to Scotland attending the Conference of the Parties (COP26). President Hichilema attended the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. He addressed the assembly on 2 November 2021
22. Durban, South Africa, two day visit to attend the Intra-African Trade Fair with a call on Africa. Attended the ribbon ceremony of the 2nd edition of the Inter-African Trade Fair 2021.
23. November 21, 2021 Botswana, two-day visit and joins fellow leaders from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia in celebrating World Children’s Day at Kazungula Bridge.
24. November 23, 2021 – Two-day visit to DRC. President Hichilema participated in the DRC-Africa Business Forum held in Kinshasa.
25. December 6, 2021 One-day visit to Malawi. This was his first official bilateral state visit to Malawi. He called on President Lazarus Chakwera on his one-day state visit. Both the leaders agreed to promote trade relations between the two countries.
26. 11 January 2022, 3-day visit to Malawi, SADC Heads of State Extraordinary Summit.
27.18 January 2022 – 3-day visit to the UAE for the official opening of the Zambian National Day at Expo 2020.
28. 27 January 2022 – South Africa – Private visit to the launch of the book “Expensive Poverty” by Greg Mills, Executive Director, Brenthurst Foundation.
President Hichilema paid a courtesy call on President Cyril Ramaphosa at Mahalamba Ndlofu, the official residence of the President.