U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia

The United States established diplomatic relations with Zambia in 1964, following its independence from the United Kingdom. Zambia saw single-party rule from independence until 1973 when it formally became a one-party state. In 1991, Zambia began adopting multi-party democracy and a more liberalized economy. Zambia’s economic growth has not benefited the many rural and urban Zambians who continue to live in poverty. The Zambian government is pursuing a national development plan to reduce the economy’s reliance on the copper industry. The country’s primary challenges are to improve governance issues; restore debt sustainability; promote broad-based, inclusive economic growth; maintain adherence to democratic and constitutional principles; create employment; and develop its human capital.

U.S. assistance to Zambia is robust, totaling close to $500 million annually. U.S. assistance fights HIV/AIDS; expands and improves the quality of health and education opportunities; strengthens democratic and accountable governance; provides clean water and improves sanitation; helps create trade and business development opportunities; and builds Zambian capacity to promote regional peace, security, and stability.

Zambia is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Generalized System of Preferences. U.S. exports to Zambia include pharmaceutical products, machinery, and vehicles. U.S. imports from Zambia include precious stones (emeralds), copper, cobalt, and foodstuffs (coffee, tea, honey, and spices). The United States has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), of which Zambia is a member.

Today, the U.S. embassy is in Lusaka.

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