Government through the ministry of Foreign Affairs has set aside K12 billion to host the SMART Partnership International dialogue in July this year.

Commerce, Trade and Industry deputy minister, Dora Siliya told parliament today that about 400 delegates from Asia, Africa and Europe, will attend the meeting, which is aimed at increasing investment in partnering countries.

Ms Siliya was responding to a question raised by Chipili PF Member of Parliament, Davies Mwila who wanted to know how much the ministry of commerce will spend on hosting the meeting.

Ms Siliya told the House that the meeting, slated for July 28 to August 1, 2008, will coincide with the Agriculture and Commercial Show so as to enable the delegates take field tour the exhibitions to sample what the country has to offer.

She called on cooperating partners to join hands with government and assist in making the hosting of the dialogue a success.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. You just spent 19Billion on unfruitful SADACA, now it is another 12 Billion on fruitless indabas meanwhile the country has no basic infrastructures and necessities. Shame Mr. Chuchu

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  2. What is SMART? and WHAT IS ZED’S BENEFITS? K12 billion is a lot of money for the country that is going through floods, poverty, unemployment and different kinds of diseases? Chuchu be real!!!

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  3. I DON’T REALLY MIND WHERE THE GOVT PUTS MONEY FOR INVESTMENTS. MY CONCERN HOWEVER IS ON THE NEED TO UPLIFT THE LIVING STANDARDS OF THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN PROVINCE AS WELL.CURRENTLY MARKED THE LEAST DEVELOPED AND CERTAINLY LEAST THOUGHT ABOUT BY GOVT.THE PROVINCE AS A WHOLE IS REMAINING BEHIND ECONOMICALLY WHILST THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ATLEAST IS RECEIVING ATTENTION(ECONOMICALLY).

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  4. K12 billion while asking for international aid for flood victims? Get your priorities straight! Hosting some vague conference will not house, feed or clothe people. Come on!

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