Zambia, SA in second Joint Commission Cooperation meeting

LUSAKA – The South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, on Wednesday to co-chair the Second Session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) with her Zambian counterpart, Harry Kalaba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

According to a statement from the SA Mistry of International Relations and Co-operation, the JCC Ministerial meeting started on Wednesday11 October and took place prior to President Jacob Zuma’s scheduled state visit to Thursday and Friday (12 and 13 October 2017) where he will meet with President Edgar Lungu.

The statement said the agreement to establish a Joint Commission for the operationalisation of the 1996 General Agreement was signed on 18 October 2005. The Joint Commission was inaugurated in Pretoria, South Africa, on 7 December 2016.

The JCC is a structured bilateral mechanism which meets annually and avails an opportunity for the two countries to deepen cooperation and to furthermore explore new areas of mutual benefit. There is a standing Mid-Term Review under the JCC which monitors and ensures the implementation of decisions and signed agreements.

“The areas of cooperation between the two countries cover a wide scope of fields which among others are in Agriculture, Energy, Mineral resources, Trade, Finance, Defence, Environment, Public Enterprises, Science and Technology, Health, Labour, Arts and Culture, Tourism.

“New areas of cooperation are being explored and a MoU will be initiated in these areas, namely, ICT, Broadcasting, Higher and Basic Education, Youth Affairs, Sport and Recreation, Small Business Development, Public Works, and Local government. Cooperation between the two countries has been growing,” the SA ministry said in the statement.

To date, there are more than twenty agreements/MoU signed between the two countries. Bilateral trade between South Africa and Zambia has increased substantially since 1994.

The total exports to Zambia in 2016 amounted to R30, 5 billion and total imports from Zambia amounted to R2, 7 billion thus firmly placing Zambia among South Africa’s top three trading partners on the continent.

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