France Statement - On the Official Visit to Zambia by French Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou - State House, Lusaka (18 December 2023)

On 18 December 2023 at State House in Lusaka, Delegations of the French Republic and the Republic of Zambia signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to further develop the partnership between the two countries. It lays the foundation for enhanced collaboration in key areas, namely food security, water sanitation and forestry sustainable management.
The signing ceremony was part of a two-day official visit to Zambia by Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, French Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships from 16–18 December 2023.

Dr. Zacharopoulou came to Lusaka on behalf of President Macron for the second time in a year.She highlighted France’s strong commitment to partner with Zambia. During the signing ceremony, Minister of State Zacharopoulou specifically reaffirmed France’s dedication to a strong and sustainable support to Zambia in finalizing its debt restructuring, as part of the fast-developing Franco-Zambian partnership.

The Declaration was signed in the presence of His Excenllecy Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia, along with the Honourable Stanley Kakubo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Honourable Collins Nzovu, Minister of Green Economy and Environment, and and the Honourable Felix Mutati, acting Minister of Finance and National Planning.

Zambia and France sustain a dynamic bilateral relationship based on mutual respect, trust, as well as shared values and interests. It enables a safer and more prosperous future for the two nations, with a further deepening of relations between the French and Zambian people.
The Declaration of Intent underscores France’s commitment to Zambia’s development. Highlighting a substantial allocation of 23 million euros for 2023/2024, the Declaration symbolises France’s enduring support for Zambia’s growth.

A financial milestone was achieved with the granting of a direct budgetary support amounting for 16 million euros to Zambia to help the country meeting its financing needs in 2023 and 2024.
Notably, 4 million euros will be allocated to Zambia’s school meals programme, reflecting France’s dedication to good nutrition, access to school as well as equality between girls and boys.
Additionally, France reinforced its support to the development of water and sanitation services in the Copperbelt through providing additional funding of 4 million euros topping a previous grant of 4 million euros.

Furthermore, the two countries signed a Declaration of Intent for the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources. This Declaration confirms the Franco-Zambian commitment to work together to improve knowledge of Zambia’s subsurface resources, develop joint mining and industrial projects, promote environmental, social, and governance standards, and support research and development.

Lastly, the two nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Forestry, featuring a commitment of 1.5 million euros, which signals France’s support for the structuring of a sustainable timber industry. The French Development Agency (AFD) will lead the effort through the implementation of a comprehensive forest inventory and by sharing its long-lasting expertise with the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment.

Last updated on: 20 December 2023