Explore Rwandan market Lungu urges Zambians

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President Lungu and President Paul Kagame

President Edgar Lungu has urged Zambians to take advantage of the market in Rwanda to export Cotton and Maize.President Lungu said this is because agricultural products are on high demand in Rwanda.

The head of state was happy to learn that 80% of the maize that is used by the African Improved food factory in Rwanda is imported from Zambia.President Lungu said his government is committed to the promotion of intra African trade as this will spur economic development in the continent.

He said this when he toured the Multi Economic Facility Zone in Kigali.Meanwhile, President Lungu said the visit to the economic zone will give government impetus to complete the Multi economic zone in Lusaka.

He said government will ensure that remaining works at the economic Zone are completed on time.He said government will not spare any effort in promoting quality investment in various sectors of the economy.

[ZNBC]

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    • What Rwanda has done with its economy and keeping the nation clean and orderly should be a lesson to all Africans. Its sad that we a nation that has been stable for so many years and has more natural resources than Rwanda is learning from a small brother. Its the same as a Grade 12 being taught by a grade 9 but this is what is happening, why can’t we wake up as Zambians? Its such a sad situation. Go to Rwanda and you won’t find senior govt officers galavanting in latest SUVs because that country has prioritised the use of funds on the development of his human resource through the ICT sector, agriculture and tourism sectors. Nothing to do with minerals! Zambia rise to the occasion!

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    • We better off exporting you EL to Rwanda to be your fellow dictator and that will be good for Zambia’s economy.

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    • A very good insight, a rare one from President Lungu. Yes, let’s talk business, not politics.

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    • Why he has to go to Rwanda to tell the Zambians such a statement is beyond me. Come back home and empty the in-tray for the next serious President. We Zambians are looking for a hero and not a tenant of Plot one who is losing the country money and pocketing most of it. I am not just dreaming, your former senior Ministers in Kalaba and Kambwili said it!

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    • Thanks dear for correction, at first i couldn’t understand your bubugaga language, by the way, how is nick? Is he still trying hard to make your up again?

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    • It’s a shame that we are admiring Rwanda. A country that came from Civil War with Nothing. We have copper which we have failed to control. Our leaders should not even have the audacity to tell us such nonsense because all they know is theft. See Kagame has delivered unlike others with NO VISION. SHAME ON LUNGU and his Ministers.

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    • That’s what ECL should have been doing instead of buying wheelbarrows, ambulances and construction of inflated roads. Where are your priorities? What do you do in your planning, how to plunder? Shame!

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    • Ntaulu – you forgot to include importing 2000 solar hammermills from China, to stabilise the price of maizemeal ..how dumb is that? Imagine if that money stayed in the country…2000.

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    • personally I have known about that business for the passed 5 yrs, I even tried to export the maize, but guess what? getting export certificate is not an easy thing, unless you are connected to the one talking. Its only government ministers there children, cadres who manages. Otherwise that business has been going on for the passed 5yrs, if the president is learning of it today, then I don’t know what he has been managing.

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    • If ECL fails to learn anything about Rwanda, at least he should learn how they keep their country clean. Don’t be shy. Ask Kagame how he manages to keep his country squeaky clean.

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  1. What Rwanda has done with its economy and keeping the nation clean and orderly should be a lesson to all Africans. Its sad that we a nation that has been stable for so many years and has more natural resources than Rwanda is learning from a small brother. Its the same as a Grade 12 being taught by a grade 9 but this is what is happening, why can’t we wake up as Zambians? Its such a sad situation. Go to Rwanda and you won’t find senior govt officers galavanting in latest SUVs because that country has prioritised the use of funds on the development of his human resource through the ICT sector, agriculture and tourism sectors. Nothing to do with minerals! Zambia rise to the occasion!

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    • Not much can be expected from a President who believes that the only way to develop the country is borrow, borrow and keep on borrowing!! He is sitting on resources that makes President Kagame green with envy! Proving the man does not indeed have a vision three years into office. He has gone and made the country subservient for many years to come by committing the country to avoidable debt when he could have been more creative with the resources to create wealth and employment for his people.

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  2. Export cotton to Rwanda and then, import clothing materials from there after? I don’t see the logic really, it’s all takataka madness

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    • I don’t want to put a small kapenta fish on the hook to catch big fish.
      You don’t see logic in it?? Ulichipuba?
      If those Rwandanese come and take over Mulungushi textile, you will stone them. How many Rwandanese have your brothers killed over parrafin in Lusaka.

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    • That’s the bankruptcy of pf rats….they import $62 million of ZAF uniforms yet we grow cotton and have millions of unemployed

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  3. Interesting that the previous post by LT didnt mention 80% of their maize came from zambia. It was they that they import some but never 80% Lt where is your previous report. More stories to justify flying

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  4. This lazy foooool has clearly nothing to do…he has made cost of doing business high in Zambia and he is making silly utterances!!

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    • Jay Jay, now you sound drunk. For the first time, I concur with what president Lungu is saying here. I believe African countries need to explore trade opportunities among and with fellow African countries. I am aware of a Mongu business woman who is exporting Mongu Rice to Rwanda. That is a positive development.

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    • Imagine Jay Jay
      The inetrest rates are beyond the reach of most citizens because his government is busy getting kaloba [ sellingtreasury bills etc]from Banks and now he is saying let us do business.Amazing.

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    • Mange ta Munya Upa – how she exporting rice? Is it in packaged branded form or just raw 50kg brown sacks…is she adding value to the product and creating employment, has she managed to obtained specialized machinery – this is what am talking about? Merely blindly cheering at Lazy Lungu for reading what he himself has no clue about and he is filling time is not the way to go about it.
      You think too highly of this lazy thing …who is there to simply tour instead of working at home!!

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    • Jay Jay, she is a business woman. I believe she knows all of that, about adding value. I also know another woman in Senanga, who is exporting beef to various destinations in Africa. She started as a common marketeer. Now she has a crowd of employees. As for the Mongu woman, she has several degrees under her belt. At one time, due to high demand for her product, she tried sending a substitute product – not exactly Mongu rice. Well, the Kigali client returned the consignment, citing, it had failed to meet product specifications. We are talking about solid and well grounded business people, with employees working for them.

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  5. One hopes that President Lungu has been exposed to investment strategies and finance vehicles Rwanda has employed coming from the genocide period than “mortgaging” the country to the Chinese through contracting unsustainable debt, shady deals and questionable arrangements bordering on corruption. The president ought to learn those basics considerations to achieve a better organised society. He could also find out from Iain Khama how they have stirred a country less endowed with natural resources than Zambia but with an economy that continues to perform better, and by far less corrupt.

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  6. Out of all the trips Lungu has made, this is probably the only one that is significant. He has said something for the first as President that makes sense. Agony though, is having a questionable agriculture development programme that only exist in speeches. When farmers are paid o time and empowered, we can talk about the exploration of the Rwandan market. Right it our agriculture is in shambles.

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  7. Out of all the trips Lungu has made, this is probably the only one that is significant. He has said something for the first as President that makes sense. Agony though, is having a questionable agriculture development programme that only exists in speeches. When farmers are paid on time and empowered, we can then talk about the exploration of the Rwandan market. Right now our agriculture is shambles.

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  8. Explore Rwandan cleanliness ,orderly execution and discipline 1st bwana Lungu.Then use that as a template for successful market exploration.

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    • The man has absolutely no shame at all …he does not look in the mirror for reflection…in Lusaka he had to issue an order to the Armed Forces to clean a city, up to date no one has been fired in the LCC..He should have taken the Mayor of Lusaka and Ndola with him to see the best practices to clean a city used by Rwanda (which is not Rocket Science) instead of uttering nonsense.

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  9. You export raw cotton to Rwanda, you will be exporting jobs! How about trying value addition; process the cotton at home and export finished cloth?? That way you grow the local industry and create expertise and local employment.

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    • Yes they would rather corruptly give each other import orders like the $62 million ZAF uniform import instead of making them in Zambia…..corrupt PF rats

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  10. Kagame has done well for Rwanda, economically. Though his politics are dirty, one cannot fail to give him credit for what Rwanda has achieved. But, he did not achieve this alone. He picked the best brains in terms of experts and professionals. And his cabinet is a working cabinet. Plus he was not ashamed of garnering help. He had Tony Blair as his advisor, whilst our President keeps looking for a perceived enemy in the international community, at the expense of learning from others.

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