Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has arrived in Goa, India, for a five day working visit to market the Central Province Investment Expo set for October this year.
Speaking on arrival, Mushanga says he has followed up on 22 potential investors from Goa who were in Zambia under the Goa- Lusaka Trade and Tourism Mission organised by Zambia High Commission in India and Business Networking India- BNI apparent.
He says investors from Goa are aggressive because one of them has invested in a manganese processing plant in Kanona Area, Serenje District, while the other has invested in a pharmaceutical processing plant at the Lusaka south multi facility economic zone- MFEZ.
The Minister says he will go flat out to ensure that Central Province investment expo slated for 16 to 20th October 2018 results into actual investment in order to create employment for youths.
The Central Province Minister says his province is attractive for any investment because it is centrally located especially lying between Zambia's administrative capital Lusaka Province and the commercial hub, Copperbelt Province.
He says the province has secured vast land from traditional leaders for investment opportunities in mining, tourism, construction, education, transport, communications and especially value addition to the crops from small scale farmers.
Zambia's High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga says the mission in India will do everything possible to market the Central Province Investment Expo to other parts of India and countries of extra accreditation.
Kapijimpanga says the mission in India wants to fully actualize President Edgar Lungu's desire to promote economic diplomacy that results in tangible investments.
She says the recent state visit by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, which is the first time in three decades, has opened doors to get maximum benefits from the Asian sub continent's economic giant.
The Zambian top envoy to India has since praised Mushanga, his Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe and the Provincial Administration in general for being aggressive in their efforts of transforming central province.
This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in India, Bangwe Naviley.