Let’s partner with Asia – Sampa

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Jakarta, Indonesia
DEPUTY Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Miles Sampa says Zambia’s bid to attain economic independence solely depends on partnerships with Asian countries.
Mr Sampa said in an interview here on Tuesday that it is important for Zambia to establish strong partnerships with Asian countries for the country to attain economic independence.
“Zambia and Asia have similar challenges. We need to move away from relying so much on Western countries and partner with Asian countries for us to gain economic independence,” he said.
Mr Sampa, who attended the Asia-Africa business summit on the sidelines of the ongoing 60th Asia-Africa conference, said Asian countries are the biggest trade partners for Africa.
He described the Asia-Africa business summit as an important event where Zambia can learn more about trade in Asian countries and explore business opportunities.
Mr Sampa said the Zambian government will also continue to implement regulations that support local investment while promoting foreign direct investment (FDI).
He urged Zambians with huge capital investment to consider establishing businesses for the nation to achieve economic development.
“Here in Indonesia, we have local people who have set up huge businesses in their own country, As Zambian government, we also want to promote home direct investment,’’ Mr Sampa said.
He urged Zambians to consider investing in  the health and education sectors.
The business summit was attended by delegates from different Asian and African countries. Zambia was represented by Mr Sampa and Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry director of industry Tobias Mulimbika.
This year’s business summit was held under the theme: “Realisation of Asian-African partnership programme and prosperity, overcoming economic challenges.”

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