President of Trinidad and Tobago George Maxwell Richards has called for closer ties between his country and Zambia.
Professor Richards has appealed to Zambia to open an Honorary Consul office as a minimum point of contact in the absence of a resident Embassy in order to deepen and consolidate the already existing ties.
He said this when he received Credentials from the newly accredited Zambian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Nevers Mumba in Port of Spain.
Mumba, who is High Commissioner to Canada will serve as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago on non residential basis according to a statement issued by Ben Kangwa the press Secretary at the Zambian High Commission.
Professor Richards added that it was the wish of his country to revive cooperation agreements in Technical, Scientific and Cultural Sectors signed in 1995 during the State visit of Zambia’s Second Republic President Frederick J.T Chiluba.
President George Maxwell Richards also reminded Mumba of the visit of Zambian First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda in the early 80s to that country.
In turn Mumba told President George Maxwell Richards that Zambia is impressed with the smooth election in Trinidad and Tobago that ushered in a new government led by the first female Prime Minister, the Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The new High Commissioner further stated that he would do his best to boost friendship between Zambia and Trinidad and Tobago for the benefit of the two peoples.
Mumba also conveyed a message of condolences on behalf of His President Rupiah Banda on the death of Trinidad’s first President, Sir. Ellis Clarke who died on 30th December, 2010 and was buried first week of January 2011.
Earlier, High Commissioner, Nevers Mumba held bilateral talks with Trinidad’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Surujrattan Rhambachan and discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to the promotion of closer ties in trade and technical support.
At this meeting, Trinidada and Tobago offered Zambia an opportunity for Zambian students to be trained in petroleum studies following Zambia’s prospecting for oil and gas.
Other biletaral meetings were held with the Minister of Trade and Industry, Stephen Cadiz and the Minister of Energy Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan.