31 Jul 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob has encouraged Zambian business people and companies to make use of the opportunity offered by the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Corridor to export their products to international markets.
Geingob said this during the opening of the 90th Agricultural and Commercial Show under the theme 'Managing environment for growth' in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday.
I am impressed by the quality and wide range of agricultural products that are on display at this agricultural and commercial show. As an integrated and united region and continent, we will be able to successfully manage our environment for growth, he said in his speech availed to Nampa on Sunday.
He noted this is a clear indication that with hard work, Africa can produce enough food products and ensure food security for its people and for export markets.
The Head of State said this event plays a significant role in promoting cooperation and economic integration not only for Zambia, but for the whole southern Africa region and the continent at large.
He explained that it is a great platform where local and foreign companies can showcase their products and exchange information that will lead to job creation, women and youth empowerment and increased food security.
Geingob noted that as Africa is marching toward prosperity, based on inclusive growth and sustainable development as encapsulated in Agenda 2063, the theme of this show is timely and relevant.
The president emphasised that sustainable development can only take place if Africa is able to manage its environment while achieving constant growth, which can be achieved through rapid development of agricultural and industrial sectors.
Geingob said industrial development, which includes industrial agriculture, should be at the core of the region's development integration agenda as it holds the key to the diversification of the economies.
Industrialisation will enable us to expand our productive capacity, which in turn, will help us make more efficient use of our natural resources, so that we are able to create more employment opportunities for our people. This in turn will enable us to effectively tackle the scourge of poverty and hunger by setting our economies on a more sustainable and inclusive growth path, he noted.
The show started on 27 July and ends on 01 August 2016.
The President was accompanied by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Peya Mushelenga; Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb; Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze; Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa; and Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko.
Geingob and his delegation returned home on Saturday afternoon.