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Zambia to supply cassava to China

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
CHINA has expressed interest to buy 100,000 tonnes of fresh cassava from Zambia, Small Scale Industries Association of Zambia (SSIAZ) has said.
SSIAZ has since received a 100,000 tonnes of fresh cassava order from that country following the agreement signed with the China WTO Africa Affairs Trade Promotion Centre (CWTO).
On August 1, the association signed an agreement with CWTO and has been tasked to mobilise import and export orders from Zambian entrepreneurs to their Chinese counterparts through CWTO and vice versa.
In an interview, SSIAZ executive director Wilson Mazimba said the association and CWTO signed an agreement to develop trade and investment between the two countries.
“CWTO has identified SSIAZ to liaise between Zambian and Chinese small and medium enterprises in the development of trade, investment and other economic activities between the two countries.
“We are literally bringing the Chinese market into Zambia for both traditional exports and imports. We, therefore, want to call on Zambian entrepreneurs to contact us for business contacts and quotations,” Mr Mazimba said.
He, however, said SSIAZ is scouting for local entrepreneurs that can supply cassava and, groundnuts.
From China, CWTO has indicated that it can supply organic and inorganic fertiliser to Zambia.
“We are looking for local buyers that can buy fertiliser,” Mr Mazimba said.
He said the implementation of the initiative will contribute to increased non-traditional exports and general economic development in Zambia.
CWTO, which is a government department under the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, is the SINO-African Economic and Trade Collaboration Business Service Portal.
It is responsible for providing economic, investment and trade cooperation service for both African and Chinese enterprises and it is driving economic and trade development between China and Africa.

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