Lusaka – President Jacob Zuma has reportedly arrived in Zambia for a state visit aimed at deepening and strengthening the good political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.
According to Lusaka Times, Zuma was expected to officially open the OR Tambo National Heritage site in Lusaka on Friday as part of celebrating the legacy and centenary year of struggle icon Oliver Reginald Tambo.
He was also expected to strengthen bilateral ties between the two southern African countries which share a long history of friendship.
President Zuma was welcomed in the southern African country by President Edgar Lungu, who was accompanied by the general secretary of the ruling Patriotic Front, Cabinet ministers, service chiefs and diplomats.
The two southern African countries share economic ties that amount to at least R30bn and Zambia is among South Africa’s top trading partners in the region.
More than 100 South African companies do business in Zambia.
The report said: “President Zuma was leading a delegation of ministers, business people who included International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies; Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi; Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana.”
Zuma’s visit was the second in less that two months to the land-locked African country.
Zuma was on a working visit to the Republic of Zambia, where he officially opened the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show as a guest of honour at the invitation of President Lungu.
During his visit in August, Zuma also went to see Zambia’s former president, Kenneth Kaunda, at his home in Lusaka.