President of Togo calls for collaboration with Zambia in Health Sector

His Excellency Mr. Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo has called for closer collaboration between his country and Zambia in the area of health, by DIRAMAKINI Reporter (Lome).
Mr. Gnassingbé said Togo looked forward to working with Zambia in the field of higher education.

The Head of State said this when Zambia's High Commissioner to Ghana with Extra Accreditation to Togo, Mr. Richard Mwanza presented Letters of Credence at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in the Togolese capital, Lomé.

According to Hellen Zulu Masongo, First Secretary Economic Embassy of the Republic of Zambia Accra, Ghana, President Gnassingbé said he was happy to have visited Zambia in 2017.

The President said he looked forward to the promotion of trade between the two countries in the spirit of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

And Zambia's Ambassador to Togo on a non- residential basis Mr. Richard Mwanza told President Gnassingbé that he would work closely with the Togolese Government to ensure that the bilateral relations that exist between the two countries are further strengthened.

Mr. Mwanza said he would push for cooperation in the areas of agriculture, higher education and health which should be explored further for the benefit of the two countries.

Speaking to journalists after the ceremony, Mr. Mwanza said there was a lot of potential between the two countries to improve trade as Togo had a port while Zambia was landlinked. 

Mr. Mwanza said some Zambian goods could come through the Togolese port and enter the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) region for export outside Africa. 

He said there was need to be self sufficient in agriculture and manage food as the continent had the potential to feed itself.

Mr. Mwanza said there was need to manage resources in Africa as Togo was rich in mineral resources and combine efforts as Africans to manufacture goods for export.

He said Zambia had built state of the art hospitals and therefore both Zambia and Togo could explore the area of medical tourism. 

Mr. Mwanza said such collaboration would bring the much-needed foreign exchange to the countries other than taking it out of Africa.

Earlier, Mr. Mwanza presented Copies of his Letters of Credence to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration Mr. Robert Dussey at his office in Lomé.

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