Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Zambian government has launched Copperbelt Investments Expo (CIEX), reaffirming its commitment to diversify the province’s economy under the theme ‘Broadening the Copperbelt economy through diversified Investment’.
Launched by Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme, on behalf of Vice-President Inonge Wina, at the Edgar Changwa Lungu Convention Centre recently is expected to spread development to rural districts of Lufwanyama, Mpongwe and Masaiti.
It is also aims to enhance partnerships and linkages with local entrepreneurs through joint ventures and Private Public Partners, enhance awareness of the province to the outside world as a preferred destination for investment and increase job opportunities, and provide an avenue for skills transfer through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
“I am delighted to see how you have aligned your Investment Expo to the Seventh National Development Plan. Your areas of focus for investment also marries well with the sectors of focus at national level. This also includes your expected outcome of the Expo that is diversification, job creation and poverty reduction,” said the Vice-President.
She expressed confidence that the expo would expose and open up new and unknown districts in the province. The Vice-President noted that government is open to dialogue, urging investors to engage the government on any policies that affect business promotion.
“I call upon the local authorities, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, our Royal Highnesses and all other service providers to be well prepared to offer the necessary support to our would-be investors,” she urged.
“Let not bureaucracy and red-tape make us lose out on investment from our investors. Where appropriate, strategise and make it easy for the investors to set camp.”
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