President Lungu - Zambia and Angola have not sufficiently integrated economically
President Edgar Lungu has said Zambia need to open new areas of cooperation with Angola as a way of enhancing trade, as he believes the two countries have not sufficiently integrated economically.
This statement was made following a visit from various former African leaders, who were in the country and encouraged the Zambian government to open more links with Angola. Specifically, with the private sectors of the two countries. Moving forward this would allow the two countries will be able to work together towards setting goals.
President Lungu, also stated he recognised the need to implement the construction of a pipeline, roads and railways systems between the two countries. Noting that a pipeline connecting Zambia Angola will help relive the burden of importing fuel.
These statements were made when outgoing Angolan Ambassador to Zambia, Balbina Da Silva, paid a farewell courtesy call on him at state house in Lusaka yesterday.
The President thanked Ms. Da Silva for her distinguished service to Zambia during her tenure of office, and Ms. Da Silva thanked President Lungu for facilities that shows given and for having worked with Government in strengthening relations between the two countries.
She said the ongoing projects will continue with her successor and that her Government considers economic and trade relations with neighbouring countries as a priority.