South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will undertake a State Visit to Zambia scheduled to take place on 12-13 October 2017.
President Edgar Lungu undertook a State Visit to South Africa in December last year.
President Zuma was in Zambia in August for an official visits to reopen the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka.
Interactions between the two Heads of State during this State Visit are aimed at deepening and strengthening the already existing good political, economic and cultural relations underpinned by strong historical ties that date back from the years of the liberation struggle.
Economic cooperation between South Africa and Zambia is steadily growing, with South African exports to Zambia amounting to approximately R30 billion in 2016.
Zambia remains one of South Africa’s top trading partners in the region and the continent.
The two countries cooperate in a variety of areas, including trade and investment, science and technology, defence, agriculture, environment, energy as well as health.
There are over 120 South African companies doing business in Zambia in various sectors, including telecommunications, aviation, tourism, banking, property, retail, entertainment, and fast foods.
During the State Visit, the two Heads of State will officially open the OR Tambo National Heritage site in Zambia on 13 October 2017.
President Zuma will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Rob Davies; Minister of Energy, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi; Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr. Mosebenzi Zwane; and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Senzeni Zokwana.