Zambian envoy urges Bangladeshi investors
Zambia, a central African country has lots of potentials in agriculture. The country is a mineral rich land and agriculture is the mainstream of its economy. The country has high yield of maize and it exports maize and cotton.
Bangladeshi investors can explore enormous potentials of Zambia, especially in trade, business and energy sector and can also engage in manufacturing.
The country maintains a sound political stability as well as ethnic harmony and so the land is a good destination for foreign investors including Bangladeshis.
Juduth K K Kan’goma Kapijipanga, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Bangladesh made these views at a roundtable during her recent visit to Bangladesh from New Delhi, India.
She was speaking at a roundtable meeting on the Trade, Business and Investment Opportunities in Zambia organised jointly by AIDIA and TSI of Bangladesh at Hotel Sarina. The roundtable was organised on the occasion of the visit of a Zambian trade delegation from Zambian High Commission in India.
Highlighting the prospects of Zambia, Juduth K K Kan’goma Kapijipanga, who is also responsible for India and Sri Lanka, said Zambia is a central African country with lots of potentials in agriculture. The land is a mineral rich country. We also declare that agriculture is the mainstream of our economy because we would like to add today as a ‘bread basket’.
But Zambia has deficiency in paddy rice. We would like to grow in this arena as well. So, Bangladeshi entrepreneurs are welcome for investing in this field.
Zambia has recently become very much keen to improve its energy sector to make it more attractive. If you (Bangladeshi investors) turn this sector, then you can make huge profit, she said adding: “We are not encouraging in exports. We are encouraging you to collaborate with us.”
We also declare that agriculture is the mainstream of our economy because we would like to add today as a ‘bread basket’.
We have high production of maize and we export maize. We also export cotton when the season is good. Bangladesh can collaborate with Zambia in that arena very well. Experts can engage in manufacturing.
Sylvia Chilia Nsenduluka, first secretary of Zambian high commission in New Delhi presented the keynote on “Trade, Business and Investment Opportunities for Bangladeshi Nationals in Zambia”.
Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, former director general, Asian Development Bank and currently, Bangladesh Institute of Governance and Development Studies, BRAC University, Abdul Karim, former principal secretary to the prime minister, Government of Bangladesh and currently managing director, Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation, Liakat Ali Choudhury, former Bangladesh Ambassador to Netherlands and high commissioner to India, Shafiul Ahmed, former Bangladesh High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Ziaul Haque Khondker, former chairman, Bangladesh Securities Exchange Commission, Dr. Zahidul Hossain, former principal economist, Asian Development Bank, M Wahidur Rahman, former Bangladesh Ambassador to Egypt, Yoshida Motoaki, General Manager, Marubeni Japan, Sunil KC, CEO/ founder of Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, among others, were present at the meeting.
The High Commission of Zambia told the roundtable that Zambia is a land-linked country in central Africa with a tropical climate. The land consists mostly of high plateaus with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys. She also added that Zambia is rich in minerals and has developed energy sector as well. She invited Bangladeshis to visit and invest in Zambia and also described the political and economical situation in Zambia.
About tourist attraction she said, once you come to Zambia you will be able to see lion face to face.
Zambia has Victoria Falls — one of the seven wonders of the world. “This is the victory of course. So you are welcome to see that. I cannot describe the victory affords. In my own language ‘Taymimamoriomorse o Tunia’, which means ‘the smoke but thunders’. This is the place which rains 365 days — all the year round, even when it is hot season. So, come and see it yourself,” she added.
Apart from tourism, Bangladesh has high intellectuals in various fields, she appreciated.
“You can take exchange programmes for making proposals as well as teach us. People of Bangladesh used to live in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. You are welcomed to come and join us in Zambia and move the world forward,” she further said.
Bangladeshi experts in education, healthcare can also explore large employment opportunities in Zambia, she added.
Sylvia Chilia Nsenduluka, first secretary of Zambian high commission in New Delhi said, Zambia is an English speaking country. So, foreigners can communicate very well. Zambia is also politically stable and is a very peaceful country. Christian is the main religion but there is Muslim, Hindus, Buddhist and other religion as well. There is a number of Mosques around the country. So, you can observe your religious believe without any harassment.
Zambia has eight neighboring countries including Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.
Zambia is connected with those neighbors by roads, by railway and by air ways. The average flight time with those countries is one-and-a-half to two hours.
All of eight neighbors are very harmonious, mutual and warm relationship. In Zambia we have seven ethnic groups and all remain in peace. We have changed the president six times but peacefully.