President ED Mnangagwa and President Hakainde Hichilema Resuscitate Joint Commissions

President ED Mnangagwa met with the new President of Zambia Hikainde Hichilema after his inauguration ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, August the 24th.
President ED Mnangagwa said“…We agreed to resuscitate our joint commissions between our two countries. I am happy President Hichilema showed that he is very focused to make sure that we implement those issues for the benefit of our people, “
In 2018, Zambia and Zimbabwe signed four bilateral agreements to enhance cooperation, cultural exchange and boost trade.
According to reports in 2018, President E. D Mnangagwa went on a two-day visit to Zambia where he met Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji, who announced the agreements at the conclusion of the 17th session of the two-day Zimbabwe/Zambia Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) in Lusaka.
The two countries also signed four MOUs specifically on establishment of a one-stop border post at Victoria Falls, gender, equity and equality and women economic empowerment, culture as well as cooperation in the management and preservation of war graves.
President Mnangagwa and the then Zambian President Edgar Lungu witnessed the signing ceremony.
Through the Victoria Falls/Livingstone one border post, the two countries were targeting to improve efficiencies in the movement of human and vehicular traffic.
The agreement was aimed at enhancing trade facilitation by the parties through efficient movement of goods and people within COMESA and SADC.
The President Mnangagwa also commended Zambians for demonstrating maturity in democracy.
“Today we have witnessed the inauguration of the seventh Executive President of Zambia but this is the third republic because they had some leaders who came from the same political parties. But now we see the transferring of power from one political party to another different party. It brings about a new approach in government and this lesson from Zambia is critically important to show the entire world that we embrace the democratic process of transferring power in SADC.”
President Mnangagwa also criticised Western allies for interfering in the democratic processes of African countries. “I can mention that as SADC region we are more civilised. For example, when President Biden was inaugurated this year in January, Donald Trump boycotted. But here we see Edgar Lungu accepting defeat and agreeing to the transfer of power and giving instruments of power to the incoming President. This shows how much democracy has matured in our region compared to Western countries which want to teach us the democracy that they don’t practise, “he said

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