Japan-Zambia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
October 10, 2012
On October 10, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, greeted the Hon. Given Lubinda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, signed exchange of notes on “Kazungula Bridge Construction Plan”, a loan aid, and subsequently held a foreign ministers’ meeting for approximately 30 minutes from 4:45 pm. An overview of the meeting is as follows:
Minister Gemba welcomed Minister Lubinda’s visit to Japan and stated that he highly valued the solidarity exhibited between the two countries on the occasion of the Great East Japan Earthquake and that he also hoped to strengthen bilateral relations during this visit. Moreover, both parties shared views on continuous cooperation toward the success of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) which is scheduled to be held in Yokohama in June 2013.
- Bilateral relations
Minister Gemba stated that interest in Zambia was increasing among Japanese people as a result of new investments to Zambia by Japanese enterprises. Minister Gemba expressed his desire to enhance Japanese enterprises’ expansion into Zambia in the future as well. In response, Minister Lubinda stated that investment from foreign countries is essential for Zambia’s economy to develop and expressed his hope that investment by Japanese enterprises to Zambia would be further enhanced. Then, Minister Gemba stated that he expected that the exchange of notes on the loan aid extended for the “Kazungula Bridge Project”, which he had signed before the foreign ministers’ meeting, would contribute to the improvement of the business and investment environment of Zambia, and also to the development of the regional economy.
- In addition to the above, both parties actively exchanged opinions on a variety of topics, including cooperation between the two countries.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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