India and Zambia signed six agreements in key sectors such as mineral resources and defence after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu held wide-ranging talks to strengthen ties. Lungu arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a three-day visit to India.
The two leaders also deliberated upon enhancing trade and investment, as well as deepening development cooperation.
Contribution of India towards Zambia
India has been sharing its developmental experiences with Zambia. He noted the progress made in projects related with health, power generation as well as easing traffic in Zambian capital Lusaka, with cooperation from India.
India’s interest in Zambia
Zambia is a country rich in mineral wealth and among other minerals, India takes large quantities of copper from the African country.
- After the delegation-level talks, Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between the two sides on cooperation in the field of geology and mineral resources, defence, and arts and culture.
- A MoU was signed between between Foreign Service Institute of India and Zambian Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies. Also, two agreements were inked on ‘E-VBAB Network Project’ (e-education) as well as between Election Commission of India and Electoral Commission of Zambia.
- Modi said the MoU on mineral resources will enhance cooperation in the field of mining and a framework will be built for exploration and extraction of mineral resources.
- MOU on defence cooperation will increase exchanges in the field of defence. Indian military and air-force training teams will be deployed in Zambia to assist in enhancing the capabilities of the armed forces of that country.
- Modi said the Indian government will cooperate in setting up an Incubation Centre in Zambia.
- India will also provide 100 solar irrigation pumps to boost agriculture and send 1,000 tonnes of rice as well as 100 tonnes of milk powder to Zambia.