The Russian government has pledged to help in constructing a Nuclear Science and Technology centre in Zambia.
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov disclosed this in Moscow, during official talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba.
Mr. Lavrov said the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology will be constructed under the Inter-governmental agreement on nuclear cooperation between the two countries for peaceful purposes.
He said Russia and Zambia will in the near future sign commercial contacts which will allow to launch practical works to build the centre in Zambia.
Mr. Lavrov commended Zambia for the implementation of an inter-governmental cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy that was signed in 2016.
Russia and Zambia have also reached an agreement to promote military technical Cooperation.
The Russian Foreign Minister further commended Zambia for promoting peace in Africa and supported the willingness by African Union to settle its conflicts through political and diplomatic means.
Mr. LAVROV said Russian and Zambia have since agreed to hold special consultation on how Russia can assist in its efforts to promote peace and security in the region as it chairs the AU peace and Security Council.
Mr. LAVROV said Russia and Zambia have also discussed prospects of developing investment ties including interest by many Russian companies in investing in ICT sector, Agriculture, banking and manufacturing.
He said his country has also committed to further increase its cooperation in the education sector by increasing scholarships for Zambian student wanting to study in Russian.
And Mr. Kalaba said Zambia will continue to focus attention on pursuing alternative sources of Energy including the nuclear technology as part of a diversified energy mix to power the Zambian economy.
Mr. Kalaba is confident that the signing of an inter-governmental agreement between Zambia and Russia in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the cooperation will transform and upgrade the energy sector in Zambia.
In the area of peace and security, Mr, Kalaba said Zambia will continue to promote peace and stability on the continent, as chairperson of Africa Union on Peace and Security Council.
He further said Zambia will use her position in the AU to augment efforts in promoting peace in the region.
Mr. Kalaba also acknowledged the role Russia is playing in supporting Zambia’s education sector through awarding of scholarships to Zambian students to study in Russia
He has since extended an invitation to his counterpart to visit Zambia as part of efforts to enhance bilateral relations between Zambia and Russia.