This is what emerges from the second session of the Permanent Joint Zambia-Mauritius Commission of Cooperation, which culminated in the signing of an agreement in principle (MoU) on Thursday, March 28, between Xavier-Luc Duval, Minister Mauritian Finance and Effron Lungu, Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the presence of Mauritian counterpart, Arvin Boolell.
"The development of Africa and Mauritius through the reduction of trade barriers. I recall that Mauritius and Zambia are members of the group of five countries that drive regional integration (note: the Accelerated Programme for Economic Integration (IEPA) is composed of Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles and Zambia ), "says Xavier-Luc Duval.
Other areas of cooperation between Zambia and Mauritius, found including bilateral consultations for air services agreement between the two countries. The possibility that Mauritians go to work in Zambia to bring their expertise is also desired. The agreement should also encourage investment between the two countries. Chambers of Industry and Commerce of the two countries should come together, as Enterprise Mauritius and Zambia Development Agency, and textile sectors in both countries. There is also cooperation in education, agriculture, ecology, fisheries, culture, youth, sports, information technology and communication (ICT), tourism, health, sciences, energy, real estate, employment and justice.
"We have had discussions on important issues in the development of our two countries. One of the major challenges is the establishment of a timetable for the implementation of measures that will allow better monitoring. The Zambian government is committed to rapidly implement these measures, "says Effron Lungu.