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President Banda Leaves for Brazil on State Visit

November 15, 2010

LUSAKA, Zambia, November 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — His Excellency, Mr.
Rupiah Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, will today leave for
Brazil for a three-day State Visit at the invitation of His Excellency, Mr.

Luiz Inancio da Silva, and outgoing President of the Federative Republic of
Brazil.

The President will travel to Brazil on Monday morning via Luanda, Angola
for a State Visit, aimed at enhancing bilateral and trade relations between
Zambia and Brazil. President Banda will also use the trip to attract
Brazilian investors especially in the field of transport, bio-fuels and
mining.

The trip to Brazil has been organised by the Brazilian President as a
reciprocal invitation following his visit to Zambia in July 2010. During his
visit, President Luiz Inancio da Silva promised to enhance trade relations
between Zambia and his country and hinted that companies such as Vale and
Scania will soon invest in Zambia.

President Banda is scheduled to give a keynote address at the
Zambia-Brazil Business Forum in Sao Paulo, which will be attended by several
Zambian businessmen and women as well as key Brazilian investors, including
Vale Mining, recently invested in Zambia’s mining sector at Konkola North
Copper Mine.

During the visit, President Banda will also hold talks with the incoming
President of Brazil Her Excellency, Ms Dilma Rousseff, and other senior
officials in the Brazilian Government.

The President will be accompanied to Brazil by Foreign Affairs Minister
Hon. Kabinga Pande, MP, Mines and Minerals Minister Hon. Maxwell Mwale, MP,
Livestock and Fisheries Minister Hon. Bradford Machila, MP, Education
Minister Hon. Dora Siliya, MP, Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister
Hon. Dr. Lwipa Puma, MP and other Senior Government Officials.

After the State Visit to Brazil, President Banda will proceed to
Gaborone, Botswana, where he is due to chair the Southern Africa Development
Community (SADC) Troika Heads of State Meeting of the Organ on Politics,
Defence and Security Cooperation to be held on November 19, 2010.

The following day, President Banda and other SADC Heads of State and
Government, will officially commission the new SADC Headquarters in Gaborone
and thereafter attend the Extra-Ordinary Summit, which has been called to
discuss the political situation in the region. President Banda, as chairman
of the Troika Organ, will present his first report to the Heads of State and
Government Summit.

The President and his delegation will return to Zambia after the SADC
Heads of State Summit.

SOURCE State House Lusaka, Republic of Zambia


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