By Wezi Tjaronda
A Zambian Business Support Mission comprising manufacturers and exporters is in the country to develop direct business links with Namibian businesses.
The business delegation, which represents 30 enterprises, arrived in Namibia on Wednesday morning on a buyer/seller mission to establish a business relationship with Namibian businesses.
The delegation had one-on-one meetings with identified businesses yesterday and will also have a mini-exhibition today from 10h00.
According to Tulimeyo Kaapanda-Ausiku, Namibia Regional Trade Programme (NRTP)’s programme manager, the delegation represents large corporations in Zambia which are already exporting rice, fruits, vegetables, seeds, canned foods, confectionaries, pharmaceuticals, and other products to other countries in the region and beyond.
Before this mission, a market survey was carried out in Namibia to establish the demand for Zambian products such as refined sugar, chitenge material, canned vegetables and fruits, maize and other cereals, seeds, cassava, molasses, vegetables, cotton, maheu drinks and UHT milk.
Items to be exhibited today include stockfeed, rice, beans, groundnuts, fish, cassava and finger millet products, wood products, crafts, pharmaceuticals and dried vegetables among many others.
The research also focused on the identification of potential buyers of Zambian products. Zambian exports to Namibia of the products are currently very low. In 2004, imports of all these commodities from Zambia totalled US$353??????’??