Zambia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to negotiate and sign a Bilateral Trade Agreement to facilitate seamless trade and a Bilateral Investment Treaty to facilitate investment.
And Saudi Arabia is considering sending a Technical team to Zambia to assess the epidemic situation and veterinary services as well as get acquainted with procedures followed to control Foot and Mouth Disease thus to consider uplifting the ban of export of livestock to Saudi Arabia.
At the 3rd Session of the Zambia-Saudi Arabia Joint Permanent Commission in that country from 16th to 18th April, 2019, the two countries also agreed to explore ways and means of procuring more petroleum products for Zambia from that country.
Saudi Arabia expressed interest to cooperate with Zambia in the supply of phosphate fertilizer, investment in farm blocks and health sector in Zambia, training of Zambian medical specialists in various medical fields, renewable energy, collaboration between agriculture and veterinary research institutes, as well as opportunities under the Saudi Fund for Development and the Saudi Export Program.
According to a statement issued by Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry spokesperson Godfridah Chanda, the two countries agreed to developed linkages between selected hospitals and to exchange information in the field of communicable diseases.
The two countries further agreed to explore cooperation and conclude MoUs in the fields of disaster risk management, social protection, labour, trade, investment, industrial policy and quality control, press, television and broadcasting, tourism, education, agriculture, animal resources, fisheries and aquaculture, collaboration between agriculture and veterinary research institutes, double taxation as well as combating all crimes in general, including human trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering and drug trafficking.
Mrs. Chanda said Saudi Arabia undertook to consider Zambia’s request for Saudi support in the establishment of a Rehabilitation Centre for Substance Abusers.
She said it was agreed to work out modalities for the implementation of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement signed between the two countries.
Ms. Chanda said the JPC noted the significant achievements made since the 3rd JPC Session such as the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Political Consultations, signing of the Air Services Agreement, support by the Saudi Fund for Development to Zambia in the area of health and transportation, and financing to support importers of Saudi products through the Development Bank of Zambia; and
She said the two sides agreed to support each other’s candidatures at international organisations, on a reciprocal basis.
Mrs. Chanda said the meeting resolved in conclusion that the Fourth Session of the Zambia – Saudi Arabia Joint Permanent Commission will take place in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2021, on a date to be agreed upon in due course.
The 3rd JPC Session was successful as the outcomes are in line with the focus that both countries have to achieve their respective National Visions in the year 2030.
The Zambian Delegation was led by Mrs. Kayula Siame, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry accompanied by Dr. David Shamulenge, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Mr. Ibrahim Mumba, Zambia’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia as well as other senior Government officials from the Ministries of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs, Livestock and Fisheries, Health and members of Staff from the Embassy in Riyady.