Zambia can benefit from landlocked status – Mukanga


GOVERNMENT says Zambia can use its landlocked status to earn revenue by facilitating trade in the region.
Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said this in Lusaka yesterday during a stakeholders’ meeting for the 13th Intermodal Africa (ITA) conference slated for October this year.
Mr Mukanga said as a logistics hub, Zambia complements regional development plans as the strategic link of the corridor network in the Southern African Development Community and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
“This conference is aimed at promoting the supply chain infrastructure, equipment and materials including human resource capital. Zambia, as the chair of the landlocked countries and the first land-linked country to host such an event, is pronouncing ‘land-linked approach’ to regional prosperity,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said Government is working hard to develop road, rail, water and air transport networks in all parts of the country.
“There are a lot of development projects which Government has embarked on and through them, we want to see a difference in the country. I, therefore, call upon the corporate world to come on board and work with Government,” he said.
And Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) general manager Alex Mayeya said the country needs to increase the volume and value of exports if the economy is to grow to eradicate poverty.
“As ZITF, we want to be part of this growth agenda by focusing on achieving our mission. We hope to do this by facilitating greater interaction between Zambian business houses with international players both in Africa and the rest of the world. We aim to take our place as the country’s premier national international trade fair with the ZITF business forums being a major part of this strategy,” he said.
The conference is billed for October 28 to 30, 2015.

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