Zuma on two-day visit to Zambia
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