Rwanda and Zambia’s experts are meeting in Kigali, from today 19th to 20th for the sixth Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) for Cooperation.
The meeting of experts is chaired by Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Claude Nikobisanzwe and his Zambian counterpart, Kayula Siame, from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry.
Rwanda and Zambia’s delegation of experts are reviewing the implementation of the 5th session of JPC and explore new areas of cooperation.
While he visited Zambia in June last year, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda observed that very little trade took place between the two countries adding that there were many things that Zambia and Rwanda could achieve if the two countries worked together.
He thanked the Zambian government for hosting Rwandan refugees who “have immensely benefited from the education provided by the host State.”
Zambia and Rwanda, then, signed three bilateral agreements mainly in the field of Air Services, Extradition treaty and a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Defense and Security Cooperation.
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu emphasized that “Zambia wants to learn from the progress Rwanda has made as a prosperous nation.”
Lungu cited agriculture, energy and tourism as some of the sectors the two countries can work together.
Zambia engages in large scale agricultural production of crops like maize, soya, and making of sugar.
Zambia is home to a fairly large number of suspected Genocide fugitives. As of September last year, 6,000 Rwandans lived in Zambia.
This number includes Rwandans doing business there and expatriates that work for regional organisations like Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).