TWO SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES PLEDGE CONTINUED COOPERATION

SADC: COOPERATION/ZNBC/4/5/18 SABANews 1

Neighbouring presidents Joao Lourenco of Angola (Left) and Edgar Lungu of Zambia (Right) (Pic. ZNBC)

LUSAKA – ANGOLA and ZAMBIA have renewed commitment to cooperate in a number of areas including development of the LOBITO Corridor, a transport infrastructure linking the TWO countries.

ZNBC News says the LOBITO Corridor aims at boosting intra-regional trade as well as improving access to markets outside AFRICA.

It says ANGOLA and ZAMBIA have also agreed to explore cooperation in the oil and gas sub sectors, including the construction of an oil pipeline between the TWO SADC nations.

Presidents EDGAR LUNGU of ZAMBIA and JOAO LOURENCO of ANGOLA have further agreed to exchange teachers and lecturers in ENGLISH and PORTUGUESE, which are used in different international forums.

They have also decided to further improve efforts to work closely together under the SADC Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, to find sustainable and amicable solutions to conflicts in the region.

President LOURENCO has been visiting ZAMBIA and has jointly addressed the ZAMBIA-ANGOLA Business Forum with host President LUNGU.

Both leaders say there is need to increase the levels of bilateral trade, which should be much higher, given the close proximity of the TWO countries to each other and the existing potential.

ZNBC News says President LUNGU has invited traders from ANGOLA to exhibit at the 54TH ZAMBIA International Trade Fair from 27 JUNE to THREE JULY in the northern town of NDOLA.

He says business operators from the neighbouring country should also take part in the 18TH Annual World Export Development Forum that will take place from FIVE to SIX SEPTEMBER in his capital, LUSAKA.

The ZAMBIAN Information Ministry has released to the national broadcaster a joint communique on the TWO-day-long State Visit by the ANGOLAN Head of State.

ANGOLA and ZAMBIA are members of the SADC Region, which aims for economic, political, and social integration of the 15 member countries./Sabanews/cam

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