16 October 2012

Zambia: Sata Arrives in South Korea

Seoul — PRESIDENT Michael Sata has arrived in South Korea to attend the Third Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Forum which opens tomorrow.

Mr Sata arrived at Incheon International Airport at 17:35 hours local time (10:35 hours Zambian time) aboard a Korean Airline from Japan.

South Korean Chief of Protocol Bae Jae hyun, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Robert Sichinga and Zambia's honorary consul to Korea Robinson Zulu were on hand to receive Mr Sata, who was accompanied by First Lady Christine Kaseba.

The President proceeded to Shilla Hotel, where he will hold business meetings with some influential business executives.

Mr Sata is on a four-day working visit at the invitation of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

He is expected to give a key note address at the KOAFEC Forum tomorrow at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where 17 other African countries are also expected to be represented at the event which would be co-hosted by South Korea and the African Union (AU).

During the visit, Mr Sata will hold talks with his South Korean counterpart at the Cheong Wa Dae, the official residence of the South Korean President.

He is also scheduled to have a meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik on the sidelines of the KOAFEC forum.

The Zambian Head of State would meet the executive director of Samsung Engineering and the president of the IS Dongseo Terrace House Construction company. He will also meet four major South Korea business associates.

Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo and Agriculture and Livestock Minister Emmanuel Chenda are in the presidential entourage.

Others are Zambian Ambassador to Japan Mwelwa Chibesakunda, Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah and other senior Government officials

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