New York — PRESIDENT Michael Sata is this weekend expected here to attend the United Nations 67th General Assembly and deliver his maiden speech as well as taking part in the high level debates.
Zambia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Mwaba Kasese-Bota told journalists at a briefing at the Zambian embassy that Mr Sata would deliver a speech on the rule of law and the democratic governance of Zambia.
Dr Bota said the President would on Monday give a statement on the rule of law before the official opening of the General Assembly.
"President Sata is one of the three representatives from the SADC region who is going to speak on the rule of law," she said.
In the afternoon, Mr Sata would speak about peace building towards sustainable development at the high level debate hosted by Bangladesh and deputised by Zambia.
Zambia is second chair of the UN peace building commission.
On Wednesday morning, the President would deliver his maiden speech to the General Assembly.
"This will be his maiden statement since he became President of Zambia," Dr Bota said.
On Thursday, Mr Sata would discuss Zambia's investment opportunities at the Africa-America business conference where he was expected to talk about job creation for youths and women.
In the afternoon, there would be an investment forum where potential investors have been invited to come listen to Zambia's investment profile.
On Friday, the President is expected to meet Zambians living in Diaspora.
He is expected to be accompanied ministers, Given Lubinda for Foreign Affairs, Bob Sichinga for Commerce, Trade and Industry, Sylvia Masebo for Tourism and Arts, and Finance deputy minister Miles Sampa.
Others are Attorney General Mumba Malila and other top government officials.
Dr Bota said some of the issues that would take centre stage during the debate included MDGs which the country had been implementing since 2002 and came to an end in 2015.
"It is however gratifying to note that Zambia like other countries has made tremendous progress in trying to reach the targets of the set goals despite some challenges," Dr Bota said.
She cited the MDG number two on universal access to education which Zambia had exceeded the target of 80 per cent to 96 per cent.
She said the momentum should be accelerated that had been garnered in order to meet the targets of the remaining goals.
She said Zambia would also like the UN reforms to be discussed because the issue was long overdue citing the Security Council reforms where the country is a SADC representative on the Security Council reforms.
"In other words the reforms will be focused on building peace and stability," Dr Bota said.