ZAMBIA’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says the Mission has engaged a number of South African companies to partner with Zambian companies to promote trade balances between the two countries.

In a statement availed by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the High Commission in Pretoria Naomi Nyawali, General Miti stated the trade partnerships will further help increase Zambia’s competitiveness in trade and investments.

“…He said that in an effort to increase Zambia’s investment and trade profile, the Mission would continue to facilitate trade and investment conferences for both countries. General Miti mentioned that there was need to actualise the 2018 Bi-National Agreement between the two countries to ensure that pending market access matters were dealt with. He observed that a strategic framework, which the Zambian government, together with the Zambian private sector was developing, would enhance bilateral and intra-Africa trade through improved trade flows and infrastructure development. General Miti was speaking during a Virtual consultative trade meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry,” read a statement, Thursday.

And speaking during the same virtual meeting with the Zambian Mission in Pretoria, also attended by other Zambian Missions in the SADC and COMESA region, Foreign Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary in charge of International Relations and Co-operation Ambassador Chalwe Lombe encouraged Zambian Missions abroad to be proactive in promoting the country’s trade and investment interests.

Ambassador Lombe said that there was need for Missions abroad to start actively utilising virtual platforms to showcase Zambia’s trade and investment opportunities owing to COVID-19 restrictions.