Zambia, UK and EU ties won’t suffer because of Brexit-Kalaba

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Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has assured that relations between Zambia and the United Kingdom and the European Union will not be negatively affected by UK’s vote to leave the EU.
Mr Kalaba explained that the country’s bilateral cooperation with the UK will not change in any way following their exit from the EU.

He said the UK Government still remains determined to help reduce the inequalities of opportunity and promoting prosperity in our Country.

“We will continue working well with UK institutions that are doing a great amount of work in Zambia such as the DFID and Save the Children,” Mr Kalaba stressed.

“I wish to assure you that Zambia will continue to enjoy good bilateral relations with both the UK and the EU. Zambia and the European Union (EU) will continue to enjoy a positive and constructive bilateral relationship built on a shared commitment to freedom and democratic values,” he said.

Mr Kalaba said Zambia’s cooperation with the EU is anchored on the Cotonou Agreement, a global agreement signed in 2000 between African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union.

He said the agreement was preceded by the cooperation between the two that started way back in 1975 with the coming into force of the Lomé Convention, precursor to the present Cotonou Agreement.

“In this regard, as one of the most important development partners of Zambia, the European Union has a significant development cooperation programme with Zambia to the tune of €484 Million under the 11th European Development Fund to remain in force until 2020. Thus, the EU is still committed to helping Zambia integrate into the world’s trading system so that our country can benefit from the global economy,” he said.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I a parasitic relationship, a parasite has no say about what its host does. For as long as UK continues to breastfeed being in the Euro is neither here nor there. The assurance should be coming from host and not the parasite

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    • What is Scarface Kalaba on about? The Brexit disaster is what Zambia is waiting for with the impending exit of Barotseland. Better to concentrate on your home issues instead of trying to be clever and talking about Europe. The Norwegians who are not in EU have already pulled out of donor support to Zambia. Next is UK, when they are no longer shackled by EU good manners.

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    • Zambia UK relationship won’t suffer? Kwati pali naka relationship! Atase Fimo mulelekafye nokulanda! Muletusebanya fye.

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  2. Some full above “forgive my French” thinks Africa is dependent on the UK. The western countries are dependant on Africa unless someone has never heard slaves, minerals, ivory and other material these thieves have been stealing from Africa. Unfortunately only few Africans like Robert Mugabe seem to realize this. Did the black man make the first trip to Europe or America. Who made the first trip?

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  3. KCI….not sure why you are refusing to think properly. I hope you are not under any strange influence

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    • KCI…When was the last slave traded between Zambia and the united kingdom? As a matter of fact you must be grateful that the some Brits where actively involved in the abolition of slave trade otherwise they would still be your masters

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  4. Angadziwa bwanji? Nobody in UK understands what will happen next now this guy comes and makes statements. The first negative effect is on tourism – the pound has seriously devalued so we will instantly get less tourist income from UK customers. Next the government will have to satisfy voters that their aid to countries like Zambia is actually justified. Don’t just comment anyhow

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  5. The UK’s relations with Zambia is what Minister Kalaba is talking about. And there is no denying the the UK as a nation has had a relationship with Zambia regardless of the EU. What is not clear is how the world economy, the UK and the EU saga will pan out. But it is safe to say that the relationship between Zambia and UK and EU separately will continue. Of course as a UPD cadre who always wishes misfortune to befall Zambia, you are praying very hard because you think that a bad evonomy is all you need to win votes. No sir, the people of look at the people who want to rule them and assess them with a tooth comb. The UPND has not padsed this test unfortunately, so HH is on the way to retirement.

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