SYLVA Professional Catering Services has entered into an agreement with a United States-based firm, Kanzam International, to market Zambian food products to the American market.

The agreement between the two companies was made during the African Growth Opportunities Act (Agoa) forum in Washington DC in America last week.

Sylva Professional Catering Services was one of the Zambian firms that attended the forum.

Speaking in an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Sylva Professional Catering executive chairperson, Hector Banda said Zambian food products were on demand in the US and it was imperative that concrete arrangements for exports were made, hence the agreement between the two companies.

“We have an agreement with Kanzam and the idea is for them to represent us in America so that our products are sent fast.

‘‘Apart from this company, others well over 10 have shown interest to do business with us both in the region and outside,” Mr Banda said.

He said they were exporting to the American market dried food, vegetables and canned Zambian products, among others.

He said the company would increase its food exports to the US market from the current 300 to 500 tonnes, saying he envisaged more development taking place in the next three months.

Mr Banda said the American government should reduce the barriers to export in their market.

Currently, he said there were many impediments for Africans to export in the US market although he was happy that through Agoa, some were being addressed.

He was grateful to the Government for facilitating their attendance at the forum, as well as the Americans for inviting them and paying for their expenses.

Through such incentives, Mr Banda said the Government was promoting the growth of the private sector.

“We thank our Government for promoting the growth of the private sector and putting in place favourable investment opportunities,” Mr Banda said.

[Times of Zambia]

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16 COMMENTS

  1. IF THIS WORKS OUT IT WILL BE ANOTHER PLUS FOR SYLVA CATERING BUT MAKE SURE YOUR PACKAGING IS UP TO STANDARD AS YOU ENTER A HIGHLY COMPETETIVE MARKET. pREPARE YOUR FOOD IN A VERY CLEAN AND STERILE INVIRONMENT BCOS WESTERN WORLDS ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO FOOD POISONING. WE WISH YOU SUCCESS IN YOUR ENDEAVOURS AS THIS WILL CREATE MORE JOBS AND INCOME GENERATION FOR ZAMBIA. ONCE AGAIN WELL DONE

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  2. Good news.I remember reading about Sylvia Banda as one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in Africa.These are women we want in Zambia NOT those owning tuma fake boutiques and yet using their Ntwenus for trafficking.Shame on you!! Learn from her that honest and hardwork pay.

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  3. you should improve on your food ..i never like the way you cook and would end up drinking fanta everytime when you were @UNZA..

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  4. kalinosky petr.
    Why do you people focus on the negatives and not the positives of other peoples’ successes.I mean, who are you to be giving silly advice on things like packaging, food poisoning etc. Sylvia professionals has been in existence for quite a long time now and it’s run by professionals most of whom I’m sure have been to various parts of the world. For once, learn to say congrats without being negative because that shows jealousy and failure in life.

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  5. THE FEW COMMENTS THAT ARE ALWAYS POSTED ON A POSITIVE STORY & THE THOUSANDS ON A -TVE SAYS ALOT TELLS A ALOT ABOUT US ZAMBIANS. IF THIS STORY HAD BEEN “SYLVA CATERING EMBARASSED IN THE STATES” WE WUD HAV HAD 207 & NOT 7 COMMENTS POSTED. SHAME ON US ZEDANS…WE REEK OF JEALOUSY & NEGATIVITY. EVERYTHING IS WRONG ABOUT US

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  6. Bring the dried chibwabwa here, kapenta, and finkubala. You will never go wrong. We will give you 100% business. The way to go Silver.

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  7. #8
    Point!! PHD in us Zedians is so deep-rooted that maybe we need Jesus himself to deliver us cos despite being Christians,we are hypocrites.

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  8. Well done Sylvia — so glad that you were able to attend the AGOA summit and make the most of your time there.

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  9. well done you guys. you are a source of inspiration to up coming business minded people. I wish you could bring the business to England as well. I realy miss those foods like kapnta, dry pumpkin leaves rape etc. Can someone buy your products over the internet? please advise me.

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  10. I tuned in rather late to a programme on radio on Friday where you were talking about traditional foodstuffs & what they can do for us healthwise. I want to find out about the traditional food that can help memory retention. I will be glad if I could be helped with what I have enquired about.

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