The Zambia Association of Manufacturers ZAM in partnership with the USAID trade hub has announced the coming Zambian export awards to take place in July this year.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today, ZAM chief executive officer Florence Muleya said the awards are aimed at celebrating the ability of Zambian companies or manufacturers that have been able to overcome challenges happening in the export market among other things.
Ms. Muleya said exporting companies are at the center of social-economic development, poverty alleviation, and employment among other things further stating that Zambia will be the next export hub.
She further encouraged the need for more Zambian products to be on the export market even as ZAM effectively works together with export promoters to ensure the information needed to exporting companies is provided to curb challenges being faced.
“We have identified our role in enhancing non-traditional exports, as these exports have to be value-added and manufactured products. Two key export markets are identified as strategic for Zambia especially for non-traditional exports because Zambia has a huge trade potential with them, and these two export destinations are South Africa and the United States of America USA, where our non-tradition exports constitute more than 90% of the trade,”she said.
Speaking at the same event Zambia Development Agency, ZDA Acting Director Export Development Obby Banda said ZDA has continued to support and promote export in partnership with the ZAM, as well as facilitating linkages for Zambians to international importers in the region and overseas.
Mr. Banda also said as ZDA they have continued to play their role in terms of Trade policy advocacy, ensuring that Challenges faced by exporters linked to policy are ironed out through the ministry of commerce trade and industry.