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President of Zambia begins this Tuesday state visit to Angola

The President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, starts on Tuesday an official State visit of 72 hours to Angola, foreseeing several bilateral meetings and the signing of protocols to reinforce cooperation between the two countries.


According to a note released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hakainde Hichilema is visiting the Portuguese-speaking country at the invitation of his counterpart, after João Lourenço visited Zambia in May 2018.

The program of the Zambian statesman includes a visit to the Memorial Dr. António Agostinho Neto and the Presidential Palace, where the President of Zambia will be received with military honors and 21 cannon salutes, preceding the meeting with the Chief Executive.

Delegations from both countries will meet in bilateral meetings, with the signing of various legal instruments being planned, within the framework of strengthening cooperation between Angola and Zambia, adds the ministry.

Before returning to Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema will speak at the National Assembly and visit Benguela, to assess the economic potential of that province in the south of the country.

Angola, which shares a common border with Zambia, has a strategic partner in the country, and last year resumed talks for the construction of an oil pipeline to transport oil products, such as fuel and gas, to the Zambian market.

In 2018, João Lourenço's visit resulted in the signing of five bilateral cooperation agreements, and there are currently 14 legal instruments in the most varied areas, including visa waiver agreements in all national passports.

As part of the visit, AIPEX - Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency of Angola and the Zambia Development Agency - ZDA, are promoting on Tuesday a business forum with the participation of a group of Zambian businessmen, under the motto "Business Opportunities: New Private Partnerships to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation".

The businessmen will also visit the Luanda-Bengo Special Economic Zone and some industrial units located there and get in touch with concrete investment opportunities existing there, according to a statement from AIPEX.

Zambia is one of Angola's main economic partners in the southern region, sharing a land border with an extension of 1,110 kilometers, with the Lobito Corridor being another important connection channel to facilitate trade and transport between the two countries, adds AIPEX.

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