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Cassis visited the Glencore Mine in Zambia

Federal Council Ignazio Cassis landed on Monday on the first leg of his five-day trip to southern Africa in Zambia. In Lusaka for Tuesday official talks with Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

The prelude of the trip was the visit to the company's Mopani Copper Mines in Northern Zambia, which is majority-owned by the Swiss group Glencore was formed on Monday.

Cassis wanted to make a picture of the conditions of work and employment in this sector-which accounts for 15.4 percent of the gross domestic product of the country, such as the Federal Department of foreign Affairs (DFA) announced. On Twitter, Cassis was impressed by the efforts to modernise the installations and for the training of young people.

For Tuesday is planned in addition to the Meeting with the Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu the signing of an air transport agreement with a view to the possible opening of a direct connection between Switzerland and Zambia, with transport Minister Brian Mushimba.

Lots of potential

also Discussed ways of strengthening economic relations, will be in Zambia. The economic exchanges between the two countries is currently low, but involves the estimation of a Swiss business delegation that visited the country in October 2018, a lot of potential.

On Wednesday will make Cassis in the framework of his trip to Africa, a Stop in Zimbabwe. In Harare, he wants to speak with the foreign Minister, Sibusiso Moyo, a of Switzerland, launched a peace program for the promotion of the political Dialogue in the country.

On Thursday is scheduled to travel to South Africa, where Cassis outside to meet up on Friday, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the Minister for co-operation and traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize, as well as Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni.


Created: 07.01.2019, 15:31 PM

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