Zuma on two-day visit to Zam­bia

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG – Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ar­rived on a two-day state visit to Zam­bia yes­ter­day to meet Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu.

Prior to Zuma’s ar­rival SA In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion Min­is­ter Maite Nkoana-Masha­bane ar­rived in Lusaka on Wed­nes­day to co-chair the Sec­ond Ses­sion of the Joint Com­mis­sion for Co-op­er­a­tion (JCC) with her coun­ter­part, Min­is­ter Harry Kal­aba of For­eign Af­fairs.

The agree­ment to es­tab­lish a Joint Com­mis­sion for the op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion of the 1996 Gen­eral Agree­ment was signed on Oc­to­ber 18, 2005. The Joint Com­mis­sion was in­au­gu­rated in Pre­to­ria, South Africa on De­cem­ber 7, 2016. The JCC is a struc­tured bi­lat­eral mech­a­nism which meets an­nu­ally and avails an op­por­tu­nity for the coun­tries to deepen co-op­er­a­tion and ex­plore new ar­eas of mu­tual ben­e­fit.

Ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion cover a wide scope of fields which among oth­ers are in agri­cul­ture, en­ergy, min­eral re­sources, trade, fi­nance, de­fence, en­vi­ron­ment, public en­ter­prises, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, health, labour, arts and cul­ture, tourism. New ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion are be­ing ex­plored and a mem­o­radum of un­der­stand­ing will be ini­ti­ated in ICT, broad­cast­ing, higher and ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, youth af­fairs, sport and recre­ation, small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, public works, and lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Co-op­er­a­tion has been grow­ing. There are more than 20 agree­ments/MoUs signed. Bi­lat­eral trade has in­creased sub­stan­tially since 1994. To­tal exports to Zam­bia in 2016 amounted to R30.5 bil­lion and to­tal im­ports from Zam­bia, R2.7bn. – ANA

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