7 August 2012

Zambia: 'Use Agro Show for Increased Trade'

ZIMBABWEAN Ministry of Industry and Commerce deputy director Constance Zhanje has said the Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show should be used as an avenue to increase trade between Zambia and other countries.

Ms Zhanje said the agriculture and commercial show was an avenue which should be used to promote trade and increase exports.

Speaking in an interview at the just-ended 86th Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show, Ms Zhanje said Zimbabwe was committed to increasing trade between the two countries saying the participation of 19 companies was a clear demonstration of that.

Ms Zhanje said the participation of the Zimbabwean firm showed the cordial relationship the two nations enjoyed.

"The agriculture and commercial show makes sense for Zimbabwean companies to exhibit and we have a very good relationship with Zambia and Zambia has always been a brother and sister to Zimbabwe," she said.

The Zimbabwean exhibitors include Almin Metal Industries Limited, Ariston Holdings, Chif African Jewels, Complex Animals and Public Health, Cootehill Investments, Elligo Plastics Limited, Industries Twines and Allied Products, James North Zimbabwe, Kenrose Filters, Zimbabwe Glass Industries and Olivine Industries.

Separately, Zimbabwe Glass Industries Limited managing director Jacob Dube said it was important for Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries to be self-sufficient in the manufacturing of glass products.

Mr Dube said it was high time SADC countries became self-sufficient pointing out that the agriculture and commercial show in Lusaka created an opportunity for Zimbabwean manufacturing firms to promote their products.

FAVCO, a fruit and vegetable company commercial manager Godwin Mushori said the agricultural show was one way of boosting the two economies thereby help in building business linkages.

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