President Hakainde Hichilema has called for the swift restoration of the TAZARA corridor to facilitate the efficient movement of goods and petroleum products.
Hichilema said Zambia and Tanzania mutually recognized the strong desire of its citizens for accelerated development that creates jobs, business opportunities, and access to food.
The Head of State said this when he held a bilateral meeting with Tanzania President Samia Hassan, and her delegation as she concluded her State visit to Zambia on Wednesday in Lusaka.
“There is need to avoid procrastination and blame games and instead focus on well-defined solutions to challenges that hinder trade and investment between our two countries,” he said.
Hichilema said the discussion during the bilateral meeting centered around the two countries’ alumni and how to upgrade and enhance economic development and cooperation.
He directed Minister of Foriegn Affairs and International Cooperation Stanely Kakubo and the team of experts to ensure that tangible outcomes over endless exchanges of ideas are realised.
“In addition, we suggest that our Tanzanian counterparts should consider the Lobito corridor as complementary rather than competitive,” Hichilema said.
During the Tanzania-Zambia Business Forum on Wednesday evening, Hichilema urged Tanzanian and Zambian businesses to draw upon their collective experience and be deliberate and clear about what they wish their governments to undertake.
He said this was in order to advance the economic interests of both countries and foster business growth.
“Our policy of Economic Diplomacy is aligned with our sister Republic of Tanzania, our close partner with whom we share a common heritage, shared values, and an extensive border,” Hichilema said.
He said the founding fathers, Kenneth Kaunda and Julius Nyerere, harbored a shared economic dream for the two nations and peoples when they collaborated in building the TAZARA Corridor.
Hichilema said it was now the duty of the current generation to expand upon the vision by joining hands and overcoming any economic obstacles on the path to growth and development.
The forum’s theme was “Tiyende Pamodzi: Scaling up Trade and Investment between Zambia and Tanzania.”
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