Zambia, a land-locked country, has agreed on rail rights with the Congo after a five-day meeting in Leopoldville.
Ceremony, signing agreement between Congo and Zambia.
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Background: Zambia, a land-locked country, has agreed on rail rights with the Congo after a five-day meeting in Leopoldville.
The agreement will allow Zambia to use the Congolese railways for her vital copper exports, which before the Rhodesia crisis reached the coast on the Rhodesian railways.
The Congo was represented at the talks by the Foreign Minister, Mr. Justin Bomboko and the Transport Minister, Mr. Victor Nendaka. Zambia's representative were the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Justin Chimba, and the Transport Minister, Mr. Hyden Banda.
Mr. Chimba told newsmen he hoped the agreement would eventually lead to about sixty per cent. of Zambian copper being carried over the new route. He added that 10,000 tons of copper would be going out immediately on the Benguela Railway running to Lobito in Angola.