ECONOMIC infrastructure development such as roads and railway are the key to unlocking the vast potential between Zambia and Angola which has remained untapped for a long time, President Edgar Lungu has said.
President Lungu said the completion of the construction of the Bengwela Railway Line was going to serve as a lifeline for the economies of the countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) apart from providing the much needed link to the sea under the Lobito Corridor Infrastructure Initiative.
President Lungu said this when he addressed the National Assembly of the republic of Angola in Luanda yesterday.
President Lungu said the conclusion of the bilateral air services agreement in 2014 had facilitated for the commencement of commercial flights between Angola and Zambia which he said would increase the movement of people and goods.
He said strides had been taken between Zambia and Angola to connect the waterways through the Shangombo Livungu Canal project which he said would provide vital link for trade and passenger transport between the two countries.
President Lungu said Zambia recognized and applauded the international role Angola was playing not only within SADC but also in the international conference of the great lakes region.
He said regional peace and stability remained vital ingredients to achieving meaningful and sustainable development of the people in the region stating that Zambia was committed working with Angola in the economic agenda of the region.
“The growing and eminent threat of terrorist activities driven by religious extremism that is gradually spreading through Africa should be a matter of grave concern to all of us who believe in the right to basic freedoms for humanity and tolerance of divergent views,” President Lungu said.
And speaking during the banquet held in his honour, President Lungu said Zambia and Angola were endowed with immense natural resources such as minerals, abundant water, wildlife and vast arable land which the two countries should take advantage of and fully utilise for the creation of wealth.
“We should therefore encourage our technocrats to effectively utilize the Joint Permanent Commission and other cooperation frameworks to share experiences, information and exchange views on various Government interventions and policies that are designed to enhance the wellbeing of our two peoples,” President Lungu said.