Wina applauds French connection

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina presents a Zambian history book to visiting French Minister for Development and Francophonie Jean-Marie Le Guen when he paid a courtesy call on her in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has commended the French government for its continued commitment to strengthening relations between Zambia and France, as evidenced by frequent high-level visits.
Mrs Wina said France and Zambia enjoyed fruitful co-operation in the last 12 months reflected by the signing of six memoranda of understanding in power generation, climate change, broadcasting services, trade and investments.
She said this in her office yesterday when French Minister for Development and Francophonie Jean-marie Le Guen paid a courtesy call on her.
“We would like to thank you for collaborating with us in these areas of development and we are confident that we shall continue working together to improve the lives of our people,” Mrs Wina said.
She said there is a need for the two countries to work together to address immigration matters.
She commended France for offering to co-host the 27th Africa-France summit and for the pivotal role the country continued to play in fostering ties with Africa.
“Africa is confident that the summit will continue to provide an effective platform for the formulation of possible solutions to challenges Africa faces,” Mrs Wina said.
She expressed gratitude to President François Hollande’s administration for maintaining a consistent policy of assistance to Zambia, either through direct bilateral aid or through multilateral United Nations arrangements.
And Mr Le Guen said France will continue collaborating with Zambia in sectors such as education and broadcasting to help improve people’s lives.
He commended Zambians for maintaining peace, which he said is key to attracting investment in the country.
“We want to engage the country in agriculture to help improve food security and help address climate change,” he said.

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