Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris’s Meeting with President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia
Vice President Kamala Harris met with President Hakainde Hichilema today in Lusaka, Zambia. The Vice President thanked President Hichilema for Zambia’s leadership as the African co-host of the second Summit for Democracy. The two leaders affirmed their commitment to advancing democracy in Zambia and globally, and the Vice President announced new democracy programs to promote anti-corruption, governance reforms, and financial transparency in Zambia. The Vice President underscored the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to support fundamental human rights around the world.
Vice President Harris announced the United States and Zambia will sign a Commercial Development Memorandum of Understanding as a follow-up to their commitment to boost commercial engagement during their September 22, 2021 bilateral meeting in Washington, DC. The Vice President also affirmed the United States’ commitment to Zambia’s economic revitalization and welcomed President Hichilema’s economic reform agenda. She assured President Hichilema that the United States considers the finalization of Zambia’s debt treatment a top priority, and that U.S. officials are calling on all bilateral official creditors to provide a meaningful debt reduction for Zambia. The two leaders also discussed cooperation at the United Nations and through the Southern African Development Community, including on insecurity in the region.