The 3rd session of the Saudi Arabia and Zambian joint committee, chaired by the Saudi Deputy Minister for Agriculture affairs, Ahmed S. Al-Aiadh, has launched on Tuesday in Riyadh and will last for three days.
Al-Aiadh welcomed the Zambian delegation headed by Kayola Siami and the accompanying delegation attended the meeting. He pointed out that the meetings of the Joint Committee were held as part of the General Agreement for Economic and Technical Cooperation signed between the governments of the two countries in Zambia in 2010.
Al-Aiadh stressed that the meeting aims at deepening the relations between the two and achieve their goals in raising the rate of trade exchange, developing technical cooperation and expanding investments. Adding that it is necessary to enforce the General Agreement and activate the Joint Committee.
Siami, for her part, thanked the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the warm welcome and hospitality which reflect the depth of brotherly relations between the two countries.
Siami was pleased that the Saudi Fund for Development signed a SR102 million loan agreement with the Zambian government to establish the King Salman Specialist Hospital for Women and Children. Siami was also pleased with the generosity of Saudi Arabia in supporting the Government of Zambia with SR16 million to develop the university teaching hospital and send a team to examine livestock and facilitate the export livestock to the Kingdom, confirming the remarkable progress made in the implementation of the air services agreement signed by the two countries last October in Riyadh.
Three action committees were formed to be represented by governmental and private bodies from both sides. One is responsible for international and security cooperation, labor and religious affairs, another for economic, commercial, investment and technical cooperation, and the last one for health, educational, cultural, tourism and sports cooperation.