Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, (1a) Christopher Yaluma says government plans to grow the manufacturing sector so as to enable it contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Mr Yaluma predicted that the increase in the manufacturing sector will contribute about 36 percent of GDP while manufactures exports as a share of merchandise will surge to 71 percent.
He said this during the official opening of the Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) secretariat offices and signing of an Agreement between Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) and the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS).
And speaking in a separate interview, Zambia Bureau of Standards Executive Director, (1b) Manuel Mutale urged manufacturers to have their products certified with a quality mark that will enable the product to be exported.
Mr. Mutale noted that the commemoration of the Manufacturers week presents an opportunity for the institution to interact with manufacturers.
Meanwhile Zambia Metrology Agency (ZMA) Executive Director, (1c) Himba Cheelo said the institution is doing its best in sensitizing manufacturers on the importance of quality packaging and labelling for their promotion of their good