SOUTH AFRICAN, ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT TO HOLD TALKS WEDNESDAY

South African President Jacob Zuma will hold talks here Wednesday with his Zambian counterpart, President Edgar Lungu, when the latter arrives for a three-day State visit.

"The visit is aimed at deepening and strengthening the already existing good political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the struggle," the Presidency said in a statement here Monday.

The two Heads of State will hold a series of bilateral meetings aimed at strengthening co-operation between the countries. They will also address a business forum, which will be attended by more than 150 business leaders from both countries.

Economic relations between South Africa and Zambia continues to grow, with the 2015 two-way trade statistics indicating that Zambia is one of South Africa's top trading partners on the continent. Zambia is also ranked among South Africa's top ten sources of imports.

The two countries co-operate in a variety of areas including trade and investment, science and technology, defence, agriculture, environment, energy, as well as health related matters.

There are over 120 South African companies doing business in Zambia in various sectors, including telecommunications, aviation, tourism, banking, property, retail, entertainment and food.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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