Accelerating Investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Development’’ Central Province Expo...
The Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) says the theme for Central province investment Forum and Expo “Accelerating Investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Development’’ is befitting and resonates well with the Zambian government’s development aspiration as outlined in the seventh national development plan 2017–2021.
Speaking during a media briefing last week, Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame said the ministry will be participating in the expo alongside its statutory bodies through the One-Stop-Shop Model (OSS-M).
The OSS-M will be bringing all government institutions under a single exhibition stand and link the province’s economic actors to regional and international markets in order to expand market horizons.
“From the Ministry’s perspective and in line with our mandate of promoting trade and investment, we are extremely delighted that events of this nature are attracting much attention from both public and private sectors and are being embraced by Provincial Administrations across the Country.
Indisputably, this positive trend shall enable us to correctly profile our trade and investment opportunities through the creation of an informative national catalogue for trade expos and investment forums,” She said.
She added that the expo has prioritized to showcase mainly the agriculture and agro-processing, energy, manufacturing, tourism and infrastructure sectors.
“To successfully showcase the potential these sectors possess, the Expo will provide varied platforms for sharing trade, investment and market information; business-2-business exchanges and explore business opportunities; discuss topical issues affecting business and provide practical and effective solutions; and undertake site visits to factories, game parks, farm blocks and cultural heritage sanctuaries in order to appreciate the investment and economic potential the province is endowed with,” she stated.
Siame further highlighted that Expo has given prominence to the role of the private sector in accelerating investment for inclusive and sustainable development and the package for the event goes beyond exhibitions.
She said this will include The One-Stop-Shop Business Clinics, which enables an individual to register a company at the Ministry One-Stop-Shop Stand and collect an Incorporation Certificate for the new company and can register for NAPSA on-spot.
And the Business and Investment Forum is one of the major highlights of this expo with some exciting topics to be discussed on the private sector’s role in accelerating investment, access to credit finance and industrialization.
While The Business-2-Business Tailored Seminars (B2b), will provide a conducive platform for Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMES) to build networks with larger business firms from within the country and outside in order to expand their businesses locally and across borders.
As well as The Expo ‘‘ Youth Symposium’’ which will target those youths with brilliant ideals and provide a platform to articulate those ideals and interact with Trade Support Institutions ( TSI) for possible actualization of the same.
She called on the business world and the general public to take advantage of the Expo and share ideas which will improve the well-being of their business. “let me take this opportunity, to call upon the general public and in particular the business community in our country to take advantage of the Expo as an important trade and investment platform that could offer business solutions to suit your specific needs and ensure business growth and profitability,” the permanent secretary.
The Central Province Investment Forum and Expo is scheduled to take place in Kabwe towns, Mulungushi University from the 8th to 13th October, 2018.
Perm Sec for Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) - Kayula Siame