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`Manufacturing key to development’

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe says manufacturing is the cornerstone of sustained socio-economic development.
Mrs Mwanakatwe said the manufacturing sector is characterised by very strong linkages and spill-over effects, which are a critical source of demand for other sectors.
“Technology and innovation, which are crucial for economic development, are historically underpinned by growth and development in manufacturing,” Mrs Mwanakatwe said.
The minister said this when she launched Manufacturing Week on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television.
Mrs Mwanakatwe said manufacturing is important in providing demand, which is crucial for growth of agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

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