Zambia’s new president Hakainde Hichilema left for the United States over the weekend to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly session.
The president, who is barely two months in office, has attracted praise in social media for his style of transport and his delegation.
Hichelima boarded a Qatar Airways commercial flight to New York and took along with him two ministers as part of austerity measures.
In a Facebook post, the President said his focus areas during the engagements in New York will be on economic development, jobs, business opportunities, education and quality health care services for the people of Zambia.
“Just like we promised before taking office, we will ensure prudent management of public resources and have therefore travelled with a lean team that is composed of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, Honourables Stanley Kakubo and Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane respectively,” he wrote.
A number of African leaders are currently in the US for the UNGA, among others, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania and Eric Masisi of Botswana.