Commerce Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe has called on a leather Manufacturing Factory of Ethiopia to consider attending the 51st Zambia International Trade Fair to showcase its products.
Ms Mwanakatwe said this when she toured the leather manufacturing factory in Ethiopia which exports its products to the United States, Europe and China.
The Company also makes shoes and other leather products which it exports within Africa.
She toured the factory whilst in that country to attend the African Union Ministers of Trade, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a meeting which was convened by the African Union commission to prepare for the launch of negotiations for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
This is according to a press statement released by the Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa..
She said during her tour that Zambia had a lot of cattle hides and goat skins that were going to wastedue to lack of value addition.
Ms Mwanakatwe hoped that Zambians could get involved in the leather industry and foster development.
And the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa, Dr Carlos Lopez is expected to visit Zambia in June where he will hold a series of meetings with Ministers in charge of economic ministries and the private sector to discuss issues which will lead to accelerated industrialization for inclusive and sustained development.