Zuma in Zam­bia to strengthen co-op­er­a­tion

Pretoria News - - NEWS - MEL FRYKBERG

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma has ar­rived on a two-day state visit to Zam­bia to see Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu.

Prior to Zuma’s ar­rival, 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 Zambian coun­ter­part, Harry Kal­aba, of the Min­istry 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 JCC was in­au­gu­rated in Pre­to­ria on De­cem­ber 7 last year.

The JCC is a struc­tured bi­lat­eral mech­a­nism which meets an­nu­ally and avails an op­por­tu­nity for the two coun­tries to deepen co-op­er­a­tion and to fur­ther­more ex­plore new ar­eas of mu­tual ben­e­fit.

There is a stand­ing mid-term re­view un­der the JCC which mon­i­tors and en­sures the im­ple­men­ta­tion of de­ci­sions and signed agree­ments.

The ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries cover a wide scope of fields which among oth­ers are in agri­cul­ture, en­ergy, min­eral re­sources, trade, fi­nance and de­fence.

New ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion are be­ing ex­plored and a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing will be ini­ti­ated in th­ese ar­eas, namely, ICT, broad­cast­ing, higher and ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, youth af­fairs, sport and recre­ation, small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, pub­lic works, and lo­cal govern­ment. Co-op­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries has been grow­ing.

To date, more than 20 agree­ments have been signed between the two coun­tries. Bi­lat­eral trade between South Africa and Zam­bia has in­creased sub­stan­tially since 1994.

To­tal ex­ports to Zam­bia last year amounted to R30.5 bil­lion and to­tal im­ports from Zam­bia amounted to R2.7bn, thus firmly plac­ing Zam­bia among South Africa’s top three trad­ing part­ners on the con­ti­nent. – ANA

PIC­TURE: KATLHOLO MAIFADI/DIRCO

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma lays a wreath at the Pres­i­den­tial Memo­rial Em­bassy Park in Lusaka in mem­ory of the late heads of state of that coun­try dur­ing his state visit.

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