Zambia plans to start importing refined petroleum products from neighbouring Angola to lower the cost of fuel.

Energy permanent secretary George Zulu has told Reuters that oil-rich Angola was willing to supply Zambia with petroleum, which the country has been importing from the Middle East.

Mr Zulu says a technical team led by the minister of energy will travel to Angola next week to discuss the details of importing finished petroleum products.

He says government has been looking at ways of bringing down the cost of fuel and that so far it seems the answer lies in importing fuel from neighbouring Angola.

Mr Zulu adds that technical team traveling to Angola would also explore the possibility of jointly putting up a pipeline from Angola to Zambia.

Zambia relies on semi-refined oil imports from the Middle East but has been studying plans to import crude oil from Angola and set up a new oil refinery locally.

President Michael Sata apologised to Angola in October for the MMD government’s backing of the former UNITA rebels led by Jonas Savimbi in the country’s 27-year civil war.