Press Release

Under Secretary Lago Meets with President of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema

February 9, 2023
Contact: Office of Public Affairs

LUSAKA, Zambia – Today, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago and U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia Michael C. Gonzales met with Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema to discuss increasing trade and investment between the two countries. Lago and Gonzales also underscored United States government support for a U.S.-Zambia Commercial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The meeting comes two months after the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., where President Hichilema and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo met to discuss these topics. 

“I thank President Hichilema for graciously hosting me today for such a productive and warm meeting,” said Under Secretary Lago. “President Hichilema’s leadership was integral to the success of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, and I appreciate his continued commitment to expanding our commercial and economic ties. Together, we discussed the potential for our nations to expand two-way trade, driving job creation and sustainable growth, and creating significant opportunities for U.S. businesses and communities. The U.S. Department of Commerce looks forward to continuing to partner with the Hichilema Administration to forge and implement a Commercial MOU that formalizes our shared commitment to capturing this potential.”

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