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Cassis under the agreement with Zambia signed

Federal Council Ignazio Cassis signed on Tuesday in Lusaka, the interim transport and communications Minister of Zambia, Kafwaya Mutotwe, an air traffic abkomment. The Swiss foreign Minister met on the first trip of the Federal Council in Zambia with President Edgar Lungu.

The agreement was entered into in anticipation of the possible opening of a direct connection between Switzerland and Zambia, such as the Federal Department of foreign Affairs (DFA) announced.

Cassis and Mutotwe had expressed the wish that the may follow the signing of the agreement now quickly a direct flight between Lusaka and Zurich or Geneva. This would contribute to the promotion of economic relations between the two countries.

Meeting with President Lungu

In the case of the first voyage of a Federal Council member to Zambia, Mr Burkhalter also met with the Zambian President Lungu. Topics of conversation the bilateral cooperation, the economic reforms in the country and the regional policy.

Lungu have asked the partner countries, as well as private companies that have established themselves in Zambia, to invest in the education of young Zambians inside and Zambians. This is the key to the future economic success of his country.

Cassis and Lungu had agreed that the two countries could do more together, according to the EDA. A first step is the agreement on air transport. Already in 2017, the two countries had signed a Convention to prevent double taxation.

The economic relations of Switzerland and Zambia are still very modest. A Swiss business delegation that had visited in October, the country saw a lot of potential.

foreign direct investment in Zambia have increased by 2017 to 64 percent. This strong growth is partly attributed to the significant investment in the copper mining back to the area, which accounts for 15.4 percent of the gross domestic product of Zambia.

Cassis Glencore-Mine impressed

Cassis had visited on Monday, the company Mopani Copper Mines in Northern Zambia, which is majority owned by the Swiss group Glencore. He wanted to make a picture about the conditions of work and employment in copper mining.

invested Since the year 2000, the Company had approximately 4.4 billion Swiss francs in the renovation of the Mine. Harmful emissions have been greatly reduced and correspond to the values of the world health organization WHO defined limit.

In the next few years should be invested 1.5 billion Swiss francs in the company, approximately 16'000 people are employed. 5.2 million Swiss francs had been invested this year in the training of boys. The company also offer 300 apprenticeship places per year. Cassis had shown during his visit, impressed by the efforts to modernise the installations and the training of young people. (fal/sda)

Created: 08.01.2019, 16:10 PM

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