SA, Zambian lead­ers meet

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, pic­tured, ar­rived on a two-day state visit to Zambia yes­ter­day to meet with Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu.

Be­fore his ar­rival, In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co­op­er­a­tion Min­is­ter Maite Nkoana-Masha­bane ar­rived in Lusaka on Wed­nes­day to co-chair the sec­ond ses­sion of the Joint Com­mis­sion for Co­op­er­a­tion (JCC) with her Zambian coun­ter­part, For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Harry Kal­aba.

The joint com­mis­sion was in­au­gu­rated in Pre­to­ria on De­cem­ber 7, 2016. The JCC is a struc­tured bi­lat­eral mech­a­nism that meets an­nu­ally and is an op­por­tu­nity for the two coun­tries to deepen co­op­er­a­tion and 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 co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries cover a wide scope of fields in agri­cul­ture, en­ergy, min­eral re­sources, trade, fi­nance, de­fence, en­vi­ron­ment, pub­lic en­ter­prises, science and tech­nol­ogy, health, labour, arts and cul­ture, and tourism.

New ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion are be­ing ex­plored and a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MU) will be ini­ti­ated in ar­eas of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy, broad­cast­ing, higher and ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, youth af­fairs, sport and re­cre­ation, small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, pub­lic works, and lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries has been grow­ing.

To date, there are more than 20 agree­ments/MUs signed be­tween the two coun­tries. Bi­lat­eral trade be­tween SA and Zambia has in­creased sub­stan­tially since 1994.

The to­tal ex­ports to Zambia in 2016 amounted to R30.5 bil­lion and to­tal im­ports from Zambia were R2.7 bil­lion. – ANA

New ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween SA and Zambia are be­ing ex­plored.

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