Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says it is important for Zambia and Russia to boost trade and investment which is currently not impressive. Mr. Lavrov says Russia considers Zambia an important partner and would therefore like to see more trade and economic cooperation strengthened between the two countries. Mr. Lavrov commended Foreign Minister of Zambia, Harry Kalaba for the working visit to Russia, describing it as historical and beneficial.
The Russian Foreign Minister says having celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations with Zambia, it was necessary for the two countries to venture into new areas of technical cooperation and review the old Agreements that were signed. Mr. Lavrov reiterated Russia’s continued support to offer many scholarships to students to study in Russia, which he said was more than any country in Southern Africa.
The Russian Foreign Minister was speaking this over the weekend in Moscow, Russia, during the working visit of the Minister of Foreign of Zambia, Harry Kalaba to that country.
And Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba says Zambia attaches great importance to her relations with Russia. Mr. Kalaba says Zambia would like to see more Russian companies invest in Zambia and take advantage of the vast market arising from Zambia’s neighbours, COMESA Region and SADC Region. He says Zambia has had a mono economy for a long time and the country was now diversifying to sectors such as agriculture, tourism, energy and water development. He said that the tourism potential for example was quite colossal and Zambia would also share knowledge with Russia that has vast experience in the tourism industry.
Mr. Kalaba has since returned home after successful meetings in Serbia and Russia, which were historic visits since Zambia and the above countries established diplomatic relations. A number of Memorandum of Understandings are said to be under review to boost the relations of the countries.