Local businesses should do trade with Zimbabwe: Zindoga

23 Oct 2013 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) - The Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Namibia, Chipo Zindoga has called on the Namibian business community to look into importing products such as pork, chicken, fruit and vegetables from that country.
She made the call during a media conference in Windhoek, where the exporting of 1 000 tonnes of bone-in beef to Zimbabwe from the Northern Communal Areas (NCA) was announced on Wednesday.
“There is an abundance of these products in Zimbabwe. It would be uneconomical for those refrigerated trucks to drive back all the way from Zimbabwe empty. We need to promote reciprocal trade between our countries to achieve regional integration,” she stated.
She said she is aware that Namibia has infant industry protection on chickens, but she described it as an issue that can be discussed at bilateral level.
Zindoga went on to say Zimbabwe and Namibia enjoy very good political relations dating back to the days of the liberation struggle of the two countries, and yet the two countries have not managed to translate those good political relations into deeper economic co-operation.
She said the Zimbabwe business community has lagged behind for a long time. The level of trade is very low while there is great potential to do more. However, business people have failed to fully take advantage of the Bilateral Preferential Trade Agreement between the two countries.
The Ambassador noted that Zimbabwe has gone through a long period of economic downturn due to illegal sanctions imposed on the country. The economy however started to register positive economic growth from 2009, and the government is determined to maintain that growth trajectory by pursuing measures that boost economic recovery and growth while improving production and export of goods and services through value addition.
She commended the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) for the bold step taken in leading a business delegation to Zimbabwe to explore trade and investment opportunities this week.
“I urge all Namibian business people to look beyond Zimbabwe’s previous economic challenges by doing business with the country. Those sitting on the fence are urged to now move in and explore the abundant opportunities across all sectors of the Zimbabwean economy,” she added.