Visiting African Development Bank (ADB) president Akinwumi Adesina said diversifying from copper dependence to agriculture is the only measure for Zambia to resuscitate its economy.
Dr. Adesina said diversifying from mining to agriculture not only for subsistence but also for business purposes is the only way to compliment to the volatile copper prices currently being experienced at the world market.
He said Zambia has arable and plenty of land to become an agriculture giant in the region especially by growing crops such as cassava and millet which he said are drought resistant.
ZANIS Reports that the ADB chief said this in Lusaka today during a luncheon hosted for him by the Ministry of Finance.
And Dr. Adesina disclosed that support to the country’s energy sector will be one of the key priority areas for his Bank.
He said there is need to reform the country’s energy sector as it is the major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
And Bank of Zambia (B0Z) Governor Denny Kalyalya praised the ADB president for visiting the country and reaffirmed that Zambia will always remain a good business destination.
Dr. Adesina and his entourage arrived in the country yesterday to check on progress made regarding Zambia’s hosting of the ADB Annual General Meeting slated for March in Lusaka.
Dr. Adesina this morning held a meeting with President Edgar Lungu and later visited the Mulungushi International Conference Center which is the venue for the upcoming ADB AGM.