Lady Tweedsmuir, Secretary of State in the British Foreign Office, said there was opportunity for greatly increased trade between Britain and Zambia.
Lady Tweedsmuir, Secretary of State in the British Foreign Office, said there was opportunity for greatly increased trade between Britain and Zambia. The Minister had spent four days in Zambia to learn more about the country, and was speaking before flying from Lusaka on Wednesday.
Her visit included a tour of the Rhokana copper mine at Kitwe; and a trip to the Makehi Ecumenical Centre near Lusaka, where she was briefed on rural development. She was guest of honour at a dinner given by Zambia Foreign Minister Timothy Kankasa, and held talks with Trade Minister Ackson Soko.
The matters discussed were reported to include the effect of recent import restrictions on British Exports to Zambia. In 1970 they totalled 82 million kwacha (about forty million pounds sterling) which made up about 23 per cent of all inward trade. In the same year, Britain was the second largest customer (after Japan) for Zambian minerals, paying about 160 million kwacha (75 million pounds sterling) - mostly for copper.
Speaking at Lusaka airport before flying to a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting in Malawi, Lady Tweedsmuir said ... "I have seen the Foreign Minister, and the Minister for Trade, and the Minister for Health, and we've had a lot of very useful discussions and I felt that the relations between Zambia and the United Kingdom are really very good. And I hope that if we can encourage more British investment here in Zambia they will be even better."
SYNOPSIS: Lady Tweedsmuir, the British minister responsible for Africa, completed a four-day familiarisation tour of Zambia on Wednesday. Her visit included a trip to a copper mine, and one to a health centre specialising in malnutrition. She held talks with several ministers.
Among them - Foreign Minister Timothy Kankasa. Before she left, Lady Tweedsmuir summed up her visit.