Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Zambia Minister of Agriculture Mr. Reuben Phiri Mtolo.
The MoU aims to develop and enhance cooperation in the fields of agricultural technology, genetic resources, and biological control of pests and plant diseases, in addition to research, policies, and systems.
The signing took place on the sidelines of the Saudi-Arab-African Economic Conference hosted by the Kingdom in the capital, Riyadh.
Furthermore, the MoU aims to enhance cooperation in the agricultural field, exchange information and expertise, organize technical visits, as well as conduct joint research. It also includes organizing conferences, seminars, and working sessions, in addition to fostering trade exchange between the two parties.
The signing of the MoU comes within the framework of strengthening the bonds of friendship between the Kingdom and Zambia, as well as adopting joint efforts in the agricultural fields.
According to the statement, “It is also based on a general cooperation agreement between the government of the Kingdom and the government of the Republic of Zambia, signed in 2010.”
In August, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sent a message to Zambian President Mr. Hakainde Hichilema concerning bilateral relations and ways to boost joint cooperation between the countries. The message was conveyed by Mr. Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Kattan, adviser at the Royal Court, during a reception hosted by the president in Lusaka.
During the meeting, Mr. Kattan and the president discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields and regional and international developments.