Zambia and Mozambique have signed three memorunda of Understanding in the areas of Energy, Agriculture, Transport and Communication to enhance economic integration and intra- regional trade.
And President Edgar Lungu said Zambia and Mozambique were two countries sharing the same challenges of drought situation which had hit the whole region and need common interventions to come up with solutions for the benefit of the people in the two countries.
And Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said the two countries had a longstanding and historic friendly with Zambia providing Mozambicans with what they needed most for the overdue task of liberation of their land from the long colonial fight.
The two Presidents were speaking during the high level meeting with ministers from both countries, where the MoU culminated.
And President Lungu during a State Banquet in his honour that he said he was confident that Zambia and Mozambique would explore greater areas of bilateral cooperation that should culminate in the growth of economies to benefit their people. Mr Lungu said Zambia and Mozambique were part of the Nacala corridor that resulted in the signing of a tripartite agreement with the Malawian Government.
“These are practical examples of the South-South cooperation which are intended to enhance ties in transport and communication, to enhance trade links between our countries,” he explained.
President Lungu said the two countries had exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and held similar positions on a number of pertinent regional, continental and international such as climate change, globalisation, peace and security among others.
He said there was significant potential for both Zambia and Mozambique to capitalize on regional markets and strengthen respective economies through various economic frameworks that encouraged regional integration.
President Lungu said it was possible to find a lasting solution to the existing challenges, provided there were collective responsibilities to regional objectives to achieve sustainable, social and economic integration and development.
And speaking at the same occasion, President Nyusi said the relationship between Zambia and Mozambique began before Mozambique’s independence when Zambia sacrificed a lot for that country’s liberation struggle.
He said the peace accord between Mozambicans and the Portuguese was signed in Zambia.
“The coming of Mr Lungu is very important, and being neighbours, it is important that the President of Zambia is here to enhance our relations and trade,” he said.
President Nyusi said Zambia and Mozambique enjoyed cordial relations, adding that President Lungu’s visit to that country was proof of good brotherhood.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba said the talks between the two Heads of State were held in the spirit of progress, saying agriculture was a priority for the exportation of what would be produced.
“The meeting was fruitful and it has paved way for Zambia and Mozambique to meet the common goal that will strengthen the bilateral talks for the benefit purposes,” he said.
And Mozambican Foreign minister Odomino Baloi disclosed that two countries would also work together to open up a coal power plant that would produce about 1200 megawatts where power could be tapped.