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Zambia, Angola launch cooperation agreements: Visa waiver among deals signed

Zambia and Angola have signed five political and economic cooperation agreements to mark the first visit by Angolan President João Lourenço to Zambia, at the invitation of his counterpart, President Edgar Lungu.

During a ceremony witnessed by the two Statesmen, the countries signed agreements on waiver visa on ordinary passports, diplomatic agreements, public order and security, agriculture and customs matters.

As for visa waiver agreement, the two countries expect the free movement of people and goods will boost a greater exchange between the two peoples.

The move is also intended to increase the volume of business, currently standing at $5 million a year, still regarded as scant for the potentials of both countries.

In turn, the legal instrument on customs matters provides for the exchange of information and standardisation of procedures and technical assistance.

As the two countries share a border of more than a thousand kilometers, it calls for urgent need to regulate the movement of peoples and goods from both sides.

The legal instrument also stipulates a set of operating hours for the two countries' customs posts located in Shangombo and Chavuma, as well as focuses on legislation on forbidden goods in the light of the said agreement.

In the agricultural field, the agreement will allow the exchange of experiences between the two countries. Zambia exports maize to Angola, while the country imports fish from its neighbour in the west. 

The Angolan President also paid a tribute to the former late presidents of Zambia by laying wreaths at presidential cemetery containing their remains. 

And the Angolan statesman addressed a closing ceremony of Angola/Zambia business forum and paid a courtesy visit to former President Kenneth Kaunda.

President Lourenço, who is accompanied by senior officials from his Office and ten ministers, visited the universal steel production plant and chemical and mineral industries, before leaving Lusaka bound for Namibia for a two-day visit.


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