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Report on the Official Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to Zambia

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, HE Jan Kohout, officially visited Zambia in March 2010. This article contains a brief report on the main events and results.

ZAMBIA, March 2010

 During the meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kabinga Pande, discussions were held on the development and economic cooperation, and the situation in Zimbabwe.

At the reception with President Banda, good mutual relations between the two countries were evaluated. Thereafter, President Banda verbally invited President Klaus to visit Zambia (Embassy in Harare to take care of a written invitation).

During a working breakfast with Minister of Trade and Industry, Felix Mutati, interest was shown by the Zambian side mainly in imports of agricultural machinery and equipment for food industry, and also mining equipment. Mutati is interested in visiting the Czech Republic with a Zambian business delegation (AFR shall contact the Ministry of Industry and Trade).

The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Bradford Machila, expressed interest in the continuation of development projects in agriculture and veterinary care.

H.E. the Minister officially handed over a drinking water well at a ceremony in Choma, and visited Choma Museum, which benefited from funds from Czech Development Cooperation. He received a thank you letter from the Director of Choma Museum. He also visited the Czech Centre in Choma, which was set up by Mr. Kaoma, a former student in Czechoslovakia. H.E. the Minister promised to support the centre with books about the Czech Republic and Czech Authors in English, and also a computer.

In Livingstone, the Minister launched the exhibition “Tears of a Crocodile - Lozi Society during the 19th century through the eyes of Emil Holub” at the local museum.

Like in Addis Ababa, Lusaka was a place where successful business seminars and discussions were held with potential business partners.