President Edgar Lungu is happy that the Czech Republic has renewed friendship with Zambia.
President Lungu says Zambia will utilise this renewed friendship to further strengthen the mutual relations between the two countries.
Mr Lungu says he expects exchange visits and business entrepreneurs to invest in Zambia
The Head of State was speaking at State House when visiting Czech Republic Minister of Agriculture, Marian Jurecka, paid a courtesy call on him.
This was shortly after Agriculture Minister, Given Lubinda and the visiting Czech Republic Minister, Mr Jurecka, signed two Memorandums of Understandings (MoU) on mechanisation and industrialisation of the agricultural sector.
Mr Lungu said Zambia stands ready to learn best agricultural practices from developed countries like the Czech Republic, thereby deepening mutual understandings between Zambia and the Eastern Europe country.
And speaking earlier, visiting Czech Republic Minister, Marian Jurecka, said his country stands ready to assist Zambia develop her agricultural sector by setting up a food industry in Zambia.
Mr Jurecka, who was speaking through an interpreter, Silvie Ginterova, noted that the relations with Zambia have not been so intensive for over two decades hence, renewing the ties.
He disclosed that his government has prioritised Zambia as one of the two countries on the African continent to benefit modern innovations and technologies in the agro-sector.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister, Given Lubinda, has disclosed in a separate interview that the Czech Republic has opened up scholarships to Zambians wishing to study in that country.
Mr Lubinda, who has just returned from the Czech Republic a fortnight ago, further said government is determined to diversify from mining to agriculture.
He added that Zambia is on the right path with the involvement and participation of developed countries like the Czech Republic which has demonstrated to help improve Zambia’s agricultural sector.
The signing of the MoU was witnessed at State House by Presidential Spokesperson, Amos Chanda, Agricultural Permanent Secretary, David Shamulenge, and visiting Members of Parliament from the Czeck Republic Petr Stary, Jiri Jirsa, Petr Kulovany and Merek Svoboda.