Govt calls for proactive interactions between Zambia and Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Permanent Secretary, Chembo Mbula says there is need for proactive interactions between Zambia and Saudi Arabia in order to increase trade volumes between the two countries.

Mr Mbula said that areas of cooperation which Zambia and Saudi Arabia can explore include investment, mining, science and technology, youths, sports as well as culture.

He said this during the official opening of the 4th session of the Joint Permanent Commission, Committee of Senior Officials Meeting between Zambia and Saudi Arabia in Lusaka.

Mr Mbula also said the that progress is being made towards the conclusion of various outstanding Memoranda of understanding and Agreements between the two countries.

And Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Ahmed Alkhamshi said the meeting presents a practical step in the path to enhance cooperation between the two countries given the many promising opportunities in areas such as trade, investment and technology.

Mr Alkhamshi said the role of the private sector in the implementation of economic cooperation and that priority must be given to the participation of these sectors in both countries.