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Luapula Province expo preps gain momentum

CHARLES CHISALA, Lusaka
THE Luapula provincial administration is happy with the massive support it is receiving from the private sector towards the preparations for the Luapula 2017 Expo and Investment Conference scheduled for next

month.
And the provincial administration has commended the Zambia Daily Mail for its coverage of the run-up to the expo.
Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa said in Lusaka on Monday that the organising committee was grateful to the private sector for coming on board to support the fair in various ways.
He said the expo is aimed at showcasing Luapula Province’s vast investment opportunities in various economic sectors as a strategy for reducing poverty and growing the region’s economy.
“We are excited with the enthusiasm we are seeing; many companies have approached us asking us how they can also play a role in making the expo a success,” Mr Chilangwa said.
He was speaking when he met management of the Zambia Daily Mail at the media organisation’s head office in Lusaka to discuss how the two parties can collaborate to make the expo a success.
Mr Chilangwa said three days earlier, he and his team had received K250,000 and K200,000 from two private companies, SEEDCO and GED, respectively, to support the preparations and successful hosting of the expo.
He said since he and his team arrived in Lusaka a week ago, they had been attending one meeting after another at the request of companies which want to support or attend the expo.
And the provincial administration has commended the Zambia Daily Mail for its coverage of the run-up to the expo.
Mr Chilangwa said the provincial administration had noted the seriousness the newspaper was attaching to the expo and investment conference.
“We are grateful to the Daily Mail for the support you are giving us through coverage. We will be happy to work with you to ensure the success of the expo,” he said.
Mr Chilangwa also briefed the Daily Mail management led by deputy managing director Chapadongo Lungu on the progress the provincial administration had made so far in the preparations for the expo.
He also listed the key sectors with opportunities for investment and some of the major projects being implemented and expected to take off in the next few months.
And Mr Lungu said Mr Chilangwa’s presentation was an eye-opener to him as it showed the great economic potential the region has.
“From your [minister’s] explanation, it’s clear the vibe is already on and our role will be to ensure that we keep driving it to the end; Luapula will be transformed. As Zambia Daily Mail, we are ready to be part of this historic expo,” he said.
President Lungu is expected to grace the expo, which takes place on July 27 and 28, 2017.

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