Let’s export processed timber, urges Veep

ICE-President Inonge Wina following deliberations at the ongoing Asian-African leaders’ summit in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday. PICTURE: NKOMBO KACHEMBA

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Jakarta, Indonesia
ZAMBIA should start working towards exporting processed timber products to prevent the indiscriminate cutting down of trees, Vice-President Inonge Wina has said.
Mrs Wina said here in an interview on Friday that exporting finished goods can help Zambia curb the illegal export of timber.
“We need to add value to our timber. While here at the commemoration of the 60th Asia-Africa summit, I gathered enough information about timber export,’’ she said.
She was attending the Asia-Africa summit, where she held bilateral talks with Indonesia’s Vice-President Jusuf Kalla.
Mrs Wina said the Asia-Africa summit was beneficial to Zambia because the event offered her an opportunity to interact with other delegates from Asia and Africa.
She said the summit culminated into the signing of agreements for the good of the two continents.
The summit witnessed the establishment of a new centre for South to South Co-operation in Jakarta, where African countries, including Zambia, can access information on advanced technologies.
The theme was: ‘Strengthening South-South Cooperation to promote World Peace and Prosperity’.
Mrs Wina also held bilateral talks with her counterpart from Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on empowering women with loans.
Mrs Wina also held talks with Angola’s Vice-President Manuel Domingos Vincente, on enhancing security at the two countries’ common border.
She also held a closed-door meeting with Egypt’s Prime Minister, Ibrahim Mahlab.  The duo discussed health and trade issues.
Mrs Wina has since left for Zambia.

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