THERE is need for Zambia and South Africa to actualize the 2018 Bi-National agreement signed between the two countries in order to ensure that pending market access matters were dealt with, says Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Jackson Miti.
Major General Miti said this during a virtual consultative trade meeting with the ministries of Foreign Affairs and that of Commerce Trade and Industry of Zambia and South Africa representatives.
The envoy also observed that a strategic framework which government together with the Zambian private sector was developing would enhance bilateral and inter-Africa trade through improved trade flows and infrastructure development.
Major General Miti further said the Mission has engaged a number of South African companies to partner with Zambian companies in order to promote trade balances between the two countries.
He said the trade partnerships will further help increase Zambia’s competitiveness in trade and investments.
The envoy said in an effort to increase Zambia’s investment and trade profile, the Mission would continue to facilitate trade and investment conferences for both countries.
And earlier Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary in charge of International Relations and Co-operation Ambassador Chalwe Lombe encouraged Zambian missions abroad to be proactive in promoting Zambia’s Trade and Investment interests.
Ambassador Lombe said there was need for Missions abroad to start actively utilizing Virtual platforms to showcase Zambia’s trade and investment opportunities owing to COVID-19 restrictions.