As part of the Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) initiative, ZAMBIA and Japan have committed to strengthening cooperation in agriculture and manufacturing for mutual benefit.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo says he met with the Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs Odawara Kiyoshi as part of his activities this week.

“Zambia and Japan enjoy excellent longstanding relations since Independence. In 1970, Japan opened its mission in Lusaka and Zambia reciprocated by the opening of a mission in Tokyo in 1975,” he said

The Minister said Zambia appreciates the support of the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in various fields such as health, water and sanitation, energy, education and infrastructure development.