French and Zambian leaders step up cooperation
Zambia/meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and his Zambian counterpart – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 8 February 2016
The French President had a meeting at the Elysée Palace on 8 February 2016 with the President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Lungu, who is paying the first official visit by a Zambian president to Paris since 1983.
The Head of State expressed his wish to develop political and economic relations with Zambia. He thanked Zambia for its support during the Paris Climate Conference (COP21). He reiterated his determination to ensure a swift follow-up to COP21 on the African continent. He welcomed the active role of French public and private stakeholders in developing renewable energy in Zambia.
The French President also welcomed the conclusion of several partnership agreements between France and Zambia. An agreement in the audiovisual field will enable France 24 to be broadcast in Zambia. In the area of education and research, France will endeavour to facilitate student mobility by opening a Campus France office in Lusaka. Academic cooperation will be stepped up thanks to an agreement between the University of Zambia, the Ecole des Mines de Nantes and Télécom Bretagne in the field of engineering and logistics, as well as between the Sorbonne and Zambia’s Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in the tourism sector. Finally, a scientific partnership will be established between the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and its Zambian equivalent for the knowledge and protection of biodiversity.
The two presidents also discussed the situation in several African countries. François Hollande welcomed the participation of Zambian forces in United Nations operations in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they are helping to restore peace. With regard to the CAR, the two heads of state welcomed the pursuit of the election process. On the DRC, they signalled their commitment to respect for the constitution and the organization of national elections within the legal timeframes. Regarding Burundi, they reiterated their commitment to promote inclusive dialogue between the government and the opposition, with a view to restoring the balance and stability created by the Arusha Accords./.