STATE HOUSE says President Edgar Lungu has travelled to Rwanda for a two-day State visit aimed at strengthening economic cooperation between Zambia and the East African country.
And Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda says the state visit was carefully chosen and the President is expected to witness Rwanda’s best practices for implementation of economic zones.
Meanwhile, Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji, Minister of Commerce Christopher Yaluma and Transport Minister are part of the advance part that have in Rwanda to dissect the discussions between the two heads of state in depth.
Speaking to smart eagles in an exclusive interview, Mr Chanda said the visit will help enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries especially in aviation, information communications technology, tourism, trade and investment, among other areas
“It is a trip to enhance economic co-oporation,..its a carefully chosen state visit where the President will witness best Practices for Rwanda in terms of implementation of economic zones that they have undertaken,’’ Stated Mr Chanda
‘’The two heads of state will hold bilateral talks and the rest of discussion will be dissected by ministers. Security cooperation between the two countries will be handled by hon Kampyongo.
the visit will be centered on Political and economic cooperation and this is exemplified by the choice of ministers”
And Mr Chanda has disclosed that President Lungu will emphasize that governance and prosperity of Africa cannot be outsourced but should be achieved through intra Africa trade, trade Among African countries.
He revealed that the president will also urge his counterpart to press upon his officials to conclude a number of agreements that were signed such as bilateral air service agreement and Memorandum of understanding for Defence and Security.
Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economies on the African continent and has made strides in socio-economic development agenda.
President Lungu has traveled to Kigali at the invitation of his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. The trip will also serve as reciprocal visit to the state visit paid by president Kageme to Zambia in june 2017