oundation of mutual respect, shared values and an unshakable commitment to democracy and development.
President Lungu said the two countries have shown strong commitment to working together to achieve progress in regional economic integration, peace security and stability.
The President was speaking during a state banquet hosted in honour of the visiting Rwandan President Paul Kagame who arrived yesterday for a two day State visit.
There is need for African countries to work closely to reform the African union to make it more responsive to challenges of the time and the future, Mr. Lungu said.
He said Zambia will cooperate fully in the important discussions which will yield vital recommendations to reform the African union (AU ).
He added that the Zambian government is cognizant of Rwandans remarkable achievements in agriculture and food security.
The President noted that Zambia has much to learn from the Rwandan government, adding that he is hopeful that the Zambian technocrats and experts will expeditiously exchange ideas pertaining to the success of agriculture and food security.
He added that the visit by the Rwandan President is a clear demonstration of the desire of the two governments to enhance bonds of friendship.
“I’m also aware of the extraordinary advances that Rwanda has made in the world of information technology and renewable energy, particularly solar energy” the President said.
And visiting Rwandan president Paul Kagame said Rwanda and Zambia have a lot in common, despite the distance between the two countries.
Mr. Kagame said both Zambia and Rwanda aspire to a higher quality of life for the people, and the continent.
The visiting President added that the two countries should strive to seek a stronger and more unified voice for Africa, on the world stage adding that there is need for deeper ties and greater collaboration.
“I am happy to see positive momentum in this direction, both in the African Union, and the regional economic communities, ” he said.
He added that the two capitals are linked directly by Rwanda AIR and should therefore look forward to increased cultural and business ties between Rwandans and Zambians.
Zambia has a proud place in the liberation of the continent and the sacrifices Zambia was prepared to make, in solidarity with fellow Africans, in helping many people to regain their freedom, He said.
He further stated that Africa still needs to live by the values, in order to achieve the dignity and prosperity that African people expect and deserve.
The Rwandan president is on a two day state visit and he is expected to tour the universal mining and chemical industry (UMCIL) steel manufacturing plant in Kafue before he departs for Rwanda.