LUSAKA, Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has re-stated the commitment of his country to explore ways of deepening relations and co-operation with Ghana for mutual benefit.

There are a lot of things you (Ghana) are doing in mining, agriculture, infrastructure development, amongst others, which can benefit Zambia, by being emulated. It is about common, good practices, and what you do better, we should not hesitate to emulate, he told President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and his delegation during bilateral talks at the commencement of a three-day State visit to Zambia Monday.

President Lungu told President Akufo-Addo that he regretted that though both countries had an agreement for the establishment of a Permanent Joint Commission on Co-operation (PJCC) to serve as the legal framework to address their trade and investment concerns, the arrangement had not been implemented.

However, he indicated that the PJCC would be given a new lease of life under his tenure and that of President Akufo-Addo, so as to ensure that our Ministers will begin co-operating, and, henceforth, make the PJCC a living document.

President Lungu was confident that the pioneering role played by President Akufo-Addo, a former foreign affairs minister of Ghana, in fashioning out the Ezulwini Consensus in 2005, a position on international relations and reform of the United Nations agreed by the African Union, would be invaluable to the cause of the African Union (AU).

President Akufo-Addo said the implementation of the PJCC would be the means to strengthening the areas of co-operation in trade, agriculture, mining, investments, amongst others, between the two countries.

On the Ezulwuni consensus, President Akufo-Addo noted that it is not right that we (Africa) continue to be marginalised on the Councils of the world. If, today, we make the decision to bring UN reforms back to the centre of the global agenda, I think it is an important thing to do. The G4 countries (Japan, Brazil, Germany and India) are ready to support the African position on UN reforms — the consensus that was fashioned in Ezulwini, some 12 years ago.