Ac­cel­er­at­ing In­vest­ment for In­clu­sive and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment’’ Cen­tral Prov­ince Expo...

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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

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