ZAMBIA and Kenya yesterday signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) in agriculture, tourism, police co-operation and gender equality to boost trade, investment and economic development between the countries.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba signed on behalf of Zambia while Kenya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Amina Mohamed signed on behalf of her country.
The signing ceremony, which took place at State House, was witnessed by President Lungu and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta and other senior Government officials from both countries.
“What has happened your Excellencies is that Zambia and Kenya have signed four memorandums of understanding in four areas of interest in agriculture, tourism, police co-operation and gender equality,” Mr Kalaba said.
And Mr Kalaba told journalists in an interview after the signing ceremony that the four agreements are a result of the meeting the two heads of State had in Addis Ababa in January this year.
He said Zambia has been a mono-economy for a long time and time has come to diversify into other sectors such as agriculture.
Mr Kalaba said diversification from a mono-economy will only be achieved if Zambia opens up to other countries like Kenya.
He said Zambia and Kenya share very strong views on gender and equality such as women emancipation, gender parity issues and the realisation of Agenda 2063.
Mr Kalaba said Kenya has been a leader in the tourism sector and Zambia needs to learn some lessons on how to promote and enhance the sector further.
“Kenya has been a leader in the tourism sector and you can only ignore them at your own peril for and a country like Zambia, which is endowed with so many natural resources, it is important that we learn from Kenya,” he said.
Mr Kalaba also said that another agreement on information and communications technology has been signed to enhance information communication technology.
He said it is important for Zambia and Kenya to continue strengthening relations for the benefit of the two countries.