Africa-Press – Angola. In a message sent to the Zambian Head of State, Hakainde Hichilema, the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, yesterday congratulated the Zambian people on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Zambia, which was celebrated on Monday.
“On this date of happy memory for the Zambian people – writes the Head of State – I express my wish that the great aspirations of Zambians for progress, development and the building of a prosperous nation, are materialized on the basis of work, with the active and patriotic participation of all Zambian citizens”, writes the Angolan statesman.
President João Lourenço ends his letter by expressing his desire to see projects of mutual interest implemented, which favor economic growth and the well-being of the populations of Angola and Zambia.
Angola and Zambia signed, in 2018, a bilateral agreement for projects aimed at improving the connectivity of road, rail, river and civil aviation communication networks.
In 2019, civil aviation authorities signed an agreement focused on increasing weekly flight frequencies between the two neighboring countries, to a total of seven.
Recently, the Preliminary Feasibility Study for the Construction of the Railway Branch Linking the Benguela Railway (CFB) to Zambia was concluded.
This is a project financed by the African Development Bank (ADB), which starts from the Angolan town of Luacano, Moxico province, to the border post of Jimbe, with a length of 259 kilometres.
As an alternative solution, and given its importance, the Angolan Government decided to elect this project as a priority, within the scope of Public-Private Partnerships.
Angola and Zambia, which also cooperate in the energy sector, form part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).