The governments of Zambia and Mozambique have yesterday signed eight legal instruments on bilateral relations which will enhance the living standards of the people of the two countries in many areas.
And President Rupiah Banda and President Armando Guebuza have reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to ensure that the instruments that have been signed are implemented for the benefit of the two countries’ citizens.
The instruments include agreements on transport and communications, tourism and civil aviation and five memorandums of understanding (MoU).
The MoUs are on mineral resources, education, disaster management and early warning, establishment of cooperation ties between chambers of commerce of the two countries and the last one on exchange of students of National Institute of Mozambique and Diplomacy Institute of Zambia.
Minister of Communications and Transport Geoffrey Lungwangwa signed the instruments on behalf of the Zambian government while Mozambique Minister of Foreign Affairs Oldemiro Baloi and Paulo Zucula, Minister of Communication and Transport for Mozambique signed for their country.
The signing of these instruments at the Office of the President of Mozambique was preceded by private talks by the two presidents and discussions by ministers and government officials from the two countries.
At the State Banquet held at the Ponta Vermelha Palace, an official residence of the President of Mozambique, President Banda said the instruments will further strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
He said the two countries share a lot of cultural, political, social and economic relations hence the need for them to increase their cooperation in many areas of economic and political development.
He said the two countries have made a lot of progress in many areas, including the central banks’ plans to repatriate their local currencies when trading.
President Banda said this will undoubtedly increase the two countries’ wealth and consequently improve the living standards of their peoples.
He has also praised Mr. Guebuza for promoting good and democratic governance in his country.
Earlier, President Guebuza congratulated President Banda for being elected to chair a SADC committee on defence and security policy, saying this will help improve peace situation in some countries of the Southern African region.
He paid profound tribute to the role Zambia and her citizens played in helping liberate a number of countries in the region.
He said Lusaka was and will remain in the political liberation dictionary of many countries in Southern African region because of hosting many freedom fighters from other countries.
He added that Zambia was one country that was key in the promotion of regional integration.
President Guebuza also praised Zambia for her economic growth registered in the recent past and expressed confidence that President Banda’s leadership will further enhance these developments.
President Banda, who arrived yesterday morning in Maputo for a three day state visit, will today travel to Beira to tour facilities at the port in the northern part of the country.
First Lady of Zambia, Thandiwe Banda and her Mozambican counterpart, Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, also attended the State banquet hosted in President Banda’s honour by Mr. Guebuza.