Vice President Ionge Wina has left Nouakchott, Mauritania for Zambia after attending the 31st African Union Summit for Heads of State and Government.
Mrs Wina was representing President Edgar Lungu during the summit.
The summit is being held under the theme “Combatting Corruption, A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”.
The Vice President left Mauritania around 07: 00 hours and was seen off by Mauritania Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine.
Others that saw the Vice President off were Minister of Foreign Affairs Joe Malanji , Permanent Secretary for Administration in the Office of the Vice President Stephen Mwansa and Ambassador of Zambia to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Susan Sikaneta.
Mrs Wina is accompanied by Senior Private Secretary Ambassador Sheila Siwela .
During the summit, Zambia signed an agreement with the AU to host the Economic, Social and Cultural Council ( ECOSSOC ) Secretariat in Lusaka.
By virtue of Zambia hosting the Secretariat, it will boost the country’s social interactive influence on the continent, build trust and confidence, create employment and boost infrastructure development.
Mrs Wina also attended a meeting of the Committee of ten on the UN security council, where member states agreed to escalate their interventions to heads of State for them to have a position on the UN Security Council .
And During the Joint AU-EU high level side event on “Women in Power”, the Vice President called for more programmes aimed at empowering women and girls on the continent.
The African heads of state are in Mauritania for the summit which include Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame who is also AU Chairperson, Egypt’s President Abdel Al Sisi,, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnnangangwa among others.
The official closing ceremony of the summit is expected to be around 2000 hrs (22hours Zambian time) this evening/ZANIS.