Lusaka, 24th March 2016: Amb. Chalwe Lombe, the Permanent Secretary (PS) at the Zambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, paid a courtesy call to the Executive Director of the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy and Good Governance (LMRC) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Dr. Frank Okuthe. The PS was accompanied by an official from the National Coordination Mechanism of the ICGLR in Zambia, and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zambia.
The purpose of Amb. Lombe’s visit to the Regional Centre was to familiarise himself and his delegation with the Centre’s operations as well as share modalities to strengthen collaboration through greater visibility. The Executive Director of the Regional Centre Dr. Frank Okuthe welcomed the PS and his delegation and thanked them for the visit. He further expressed the Regional Centre’s gratitude to the Government of Zambia for hosting the Regional “Think Tank” which is one of the first of its kind.
Dr. Okuthe explained the mandate of the Regional Centre and highlighted its importance in providing policy recommendations to the Member States in order to effectively implement the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. He presented various publications of the Regional Centre and highlighted some of the events that the Centre has participated in and / or organised. In addition he also shared some challenges the Regional Centre has been experiencing. The Executive Director presented the structure of the Regional Centre and indicated some of the future prospects that the Centre wishes to embark on.
The PS, in response appreciated the work of the Regional Centre and expressed hope that more areas of partnership can be identified to mitigate the conflicts in the Great Lakes Region. He further went to make proposals on how best the Regional Centre could tackle some of the challenges it is facing in its operations.