ZAMBIA - Diplomacy
President, South Africa
Jacob Zuma became an active member of the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1950s. He was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Robben Island. In 1973, he continued his activities in exile in southern African countries. In 1999, Zuma was appointed Deputy President of the Republic and assisted former President Nelson Mandela as Burundi peace mediator. He was inaugurated as President of the Republic for his first term in 2009 and assumed his second term in office in 2014. His priority during this second term is to mobilize society behind the 2030 Vision outlined in the National Development Plan, the country’s socioeconomic development blueprint.
We reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional, and international issues. We expressed satisfaction at the strong bilateral relations existing between the two countries, founded on longstanding historical, political, economic, and cultural ties. We noted with appreciation the vast nature of the bilateral cooperation, which includes, amongst other areas, trade and investment, energy, agriculture, mining, defense, health, education, correctional services, and transport.
In order to increase trade between the two countries, there is a need for regular interaction of business communities from both countries, as well as companies from both countries taking part in various trade and investment-promotion missions. There is also a need to ensure that the agreements signed on economic cooperation between the two countries are fully implemented. Finally, the business sector should be encouraged to take advantage of the South Africa-Zambia Business Council to explore ways to further participate in the economies of the two countries.
Through the established South Africa-Zambia Business Council, Zambian companies are encouraged to take advantage of South Africa’s conducive investment environment, as well as encouraging partnerships or joint ventures.
The two countries regularly consult with each other on the political and security situation in the region and the continent. Furthermore, South Africa and Zambia have committed themselves to working together in pursuit of sustainable peace and stability in the region. With regards to regional integration, the two countries fully support the implementation of the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap. Both countries participate in the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), which demonstrates a strong commitment to strengthening economic regional integration. There are also calls from both countries to pursue the creation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in order to boost intra-Africa trade, and industrial and infrastructure development, ultimately impacting on the lives of our peoples.
South Africa and Zambia constantly engage each other in particular to share perspectives on peace and security within the continent, and are committed to African unity and the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 and its Action Plan.
ZAMBIA - Finance
Executive Director, Insurers Association of Zambia (IAZ)
ZAMBIA - Transport
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