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Zambia, Czech Republic sign agreements to foster cooperation in healthcare, agriculture


Zambia and the Czech Republic have signed two bilateral agreements to encourage and develop cooperation in the field of health care and agriculture in both countries.

The first agreement is a declaration by the parties of their common intent to concentrate and promote development cooperation in priority areas.

Acting Minister of Foriegn Affairs and International Cooperation, Mulambo Haimbe, signed on behalf of Zambia and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Zambia, Pavel Procazka signed on behalf of his country.

This was at a signing ceremony held in Lusaka on Tuesday at Zambia’s Ministry of Foriegn Affairs and International Cooperation office.

Haimbe said the areas of cooperation included agriculture and rural development, sustainable landscape management and both productive and non-productive rural functions.

“Other are inclusive social development, including health, education and nutrition and
Public administration and civil society, including technical assistance for sustainable use of natural resources and green development,” he added.

Haimbe stated that the Czech-Zambian development cooperation would be carried out mainly in the form of bilateral development projects and technical assistance.

“Scholarships at Czech Universities would be provided to students from Zambia and partnerships between public universities would be promoted, including mutual mobility of teachers and students,” the minister said.

He added that the Czech Republic would further assist Zambia in situation of disasters and offer humanitarian assistance.

Under the Ministry of Health, the agreement aimed to encourage and develop cooperation in the field of health care between both countries.

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Earlier, Procazka said MEDEVAC, a government programme of the Czech Republic coordinated by the Ministry of Interior, would focus on providing medical care to selected groups.

He stated that it would also provide training to medical professionals and building health infrastructure in Zambia.

“The programme’s goal was to support selected medical facilities in its partner countries in such a manner so that the level of expertise and medical care capacity was systematically increased, consequently increasing the standard of living of the population, too,” Haimbe said.

He noted that through its activities, the programme aimed to offer direct in-kind and expert assistance as well as to systematically improve the availability and sustainability of health care in its partner countries and the standard of living of selected patients.

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