President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has received full honours as the first head of state to be hosted by President John Pombe Magufuli since his election to office on 5th November 2015. President Lungu also becomes the first Zambian leader to raise the national torch high in at least over the last ten years of Zambia's diplomacy and international engagements that have seen the international spot-light ostensibly thrust at the southern Africa country in a positive manner.
In a bid to rekindle Economic Diplomacy, President Lungu has refused to take up various invitations but at least accepted strategically for economic reasons, a State Visit starting with Tanzania, another one pending with the largest continental business partner, South Africa before he winds up his annual international engagements of 2016 with yet another State Visit into Cairo, Egypt.
Decades ago, Zambia was known in Africa as a torch bearer and leader of the front line states, a stature it eased a grip on unwittingly after the end of the era of President Kenneth Kaunda.
But ever since President Lungu assumed office as the sixth President of Zambia, invitations and even visits from other world leaders have flooded State House 'in trays,' including those of high profile identities such as the Holy Father himself, Pope Francis, the current and 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, the largest church in the world.
Pundits reckon that as the Chief Diplomat, President Lungu's international visits is bound to translate into economic gains for Zambia in the long run.