A Trade Mission of about 11 Polish Companies and Government representative have arrived in Zambia to explore investment opportunities and business cooperation with Zambia.

They will also hold talks with Zambia Development Agency Director General, Mr. Patrick Chisanga, president of the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Geoffrey Sakalunda.

President of the Zambia Association of Manufacturers Mrs. Roseta Chabala, and president of the Zambia National Farmers Union Mr. Jervis Zimba will also meet the investors.

Poland has decided to send the team after noting that together with Zambia, the two administrations were strongly in favour of mutual cooperation.

This has, partly been demonstrated through an inter-governmental agreement for a loan of 100 million United States dollars which is at the final negotiation stage.

The loan is meant for the development and modernisation of agricultural technical equipment in Zambia.

Earlier this year, Polish Ambassador to Zambia (resident in South Africa), Her Excellency Madam Anna Raduchowska-Brochwicz travelled to Zambia and held a series of discussions with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry on cooperation possibilities that resulted in interest from Zambian partners in the field of Information Communications Technology, infrastructure development (railways, roads and dams) and housing.

Discussions were also held with regard to project implementation in the defence sector.

The companies on the trade mission include those from the automotive sector, mining, steel industry, agriculture and defence.

There will be a Polish-Zambia Business Forum, tomorrow the 21st November which is organized by the Polish Chamber of Commerce, and the Trade and Investment Promotion section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The business forum is expected to create a platform for better understanding of trade and investment opportunities that exist between the two countries.

The investment opportunities that would be considered mainly relate to agriculture, focusing on agricultural infrastructure; the processing industry; mining; steel industry; automotive; energy; infrastructure and defence sectors.

victoria-fallsOn Wednesday, 23rd November, the delegation will fly to Livingstone where it will hold meetings with officials from the Victoria Falls University and various other business entities.

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