President Masisi and his Zambian counterpart, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu have agreed to elevate Botswana and Zambia’s diplomatic relations to a Bi-National Commission. This was said during President Masisi’s working visit to Lusaka, Zambia this morning. They advised their Foreign Ministers to ensure that this is realised in the shortest possible time.
They emphasised the need for the two countries to exchange notes in order to ensure their policies are aligned where comparative advantage is applicable.
President Masisi emphasised that Zambia is not only a good neighbour and a strategic partner in Botswana’s developmental efforts but also a friend and an important ally in the region as well as at an international level.
The two leaders committed to expediting the conclusion of all issues necessary for the operationalisation of the Kazungula bridge including the speedy conclusion of the bilateral agreement that aims to operationalize the One-Stop Border Post and the agreement establising the Kazungula Bridge Authority.
The two leaders accentuated the need for regional integration citing the bridge as a good example which the rest of the continent should take as a vehicle for regional access. They also acknowledged the responsibility they have as leaders to drive the development of their people.
Botswana has drawn lessons from Zambia on textile, agriculture, and mining. On the other hand, Botswana continues to share knowledge with Zambia on health issues, and lately, Botswana has offered to do COVID 19 testing for the people of Zambia living along the Kazungula border.
On regional issues, President Masisi commended Zambia for yielding to the peace efforts and resolution of their border dispute with the Democratic Republic of Congo. President Masisi also discussed the security situation in Mozambique with President Lungu.