COMMENT: While it can take many years for a local TV license application to be granted, within two days, Broadcasting Authority-IBA-Director General Josephine Mapoma has with immediate effect issued a license to France 24 to operate in Zambia.
France has pledged to help Zambia set up a national airline.
French President Francois Hollande has since directed the aeronautical department through Airbus to help set up the national airline.
Special Assistant for Press and public relations Amos Chanda says President Hollande also pledged that France will help train pilots and offer exchange programmes and technological transfers to Zambia.
Mr. Chanda says this came to light during the one hour bilateral talks President Lungu and President Hollande had at the Elysee Palace today.
Mr. Chanda further says the two leaders had fruitful discussion over the situation in the Great lakes region.
He says President Hollande has asked President Lungu to intervene more in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi.
Mr. Chanda says President Hollande has urged other regional leaders to put reasonable pressure on the two leaders.
Earlier, President Lungu who arrived at the Elysee Palace was accorded a guard of honour.
Meanwhile, President Lungu and President Hollade witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between various institutions in Zambia and France.
Those signed were between Zambia and France Development Agency Framework convention on the AFD activities in Zambia, France 24 and ZNBC.
Meanwhile, Mr Chanda has also disclosed that Independent Broadcasting Authority-IBA-Director General Josephine Mapoma has with immediate effect issued a licence to France 24 to operate in Zambia.
Mr. Chanda says President Lungu is thankful to his host for the Two day visit that has yielded results. ZNBC