Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu is set to jet off to South Africa for a three-day state visit, whereby a Joint Commission for Cooperation between the two countries is expected to be signed.
According to a press release issued by the Zambian High Commissioner, Lungu will be arriving in South Africa on Wednesday (7 December 2016), accompanied by selected ministers and government officials.
The ministers includes foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba, energy minister David Mabumba, tourism and arts minister Charles Banda as well as the commerce, trade and industry permanent secretary, Kayula Siame.
“On Thursday, President Lungu will hold meetings with President Zuma in Pretoria, during which important decisions are expected to be made by the two leaders.
“President Lungu and President Zuma will also address a gathering of Zambian and South African captains of industry, business entities and executives organised under the auspices of the Zambia-South Africa Business Forum (ZSABF),” the statement said.
Lungu to visit an energy project
The statement also noted that this is the first time that the two countries will establish a permanent structured platform through which to periodically table issues of common interest and concerns.
While on the state visit, President Lungu will, on Thursday 9 December, visit an energy project as part of his quest to find solutions to the energy deficit that Zambia and other countries in the region are facing, the statement highlighted.
In earlier news, ESI Africa reported that the country had previously experienced continuous load shedding lasting longer than the normal eight-hour schedule.
The cause for the prolonged power outages was blamed on a technical fault from the power interconnector in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe battling power supply
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has also been battling to keep its power supply stable and as such the country depends on South Africa’s Eskom to provide it with 300MW of power.
In October, the Zimbabwean government released $35 million guarantee to Eskom for continuous backup power imports.
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