Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ismail Kahraman has expressed desire to collaborate with the National Assembly of Zambia in advancing common interests of the two legislative institutions to enhance relations between Zambia and Turkey.
Mr Kahraman said the Grand National Assembly of Turkey stands ready to render technical assistance to the National Assembly of Zambia to build institutional capacity.
The Speaker made the pronouncement when he conferred with Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Turkey, Mr Bwalya Nondo at Parliament buildings in Ankara yesterday.
Mr Kahraman who also expressed concern about the low trade volumes between Zambia and Turkey, called for measures to ensure that the trend was reversed.
He underscored the need for a direct flight between the two countries as one of the catalysts to boost trade levels.
And Mr Nondo stressed the need for institution to institution cooperation between the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and the National Assembly of Zambia to enhance good parliamentary practices and resolution of common challenges.
Mr Nondo stated that the National Assembly of Zambia is currently implementing reforms aimed at enabling the legislature to enhance accountability, transparency and good governance.
He said the Zambian Parliament was seeking cooperation with the Turkish Parliament to strengthen the capacity of Parliamentary Committees in scrutinizing bills and providing oversight to the executive and enhancement of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in parliamentary operations.
Mr Nondo said other areas of cooperation sought included the upgrading of security systems and infrastructure in Parliament and enhancement of the capacity of parliamentary staff in order for them to effectively support the work of Members of Parliament (MPs).
Mr Nondo further thanked Turkey for its increasing role in rendering assistance to developing countries, including Zambia.
He also wished the people of Turkey well in the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24, 2018.
Issued by Jerry Munthali
First Secretary (Press)
EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, ANKARA, TURKEY