Monthly Archives: July 2016

Zambia: Govt Promotes Industrial Clusters

THE Government says it is promoting the development of industrial clusters across the country aimed at stimulating enterprise development based on the value chains approach especially in rural areas.Gender Deputy Minister, Dorothy Kazunga said the inti…

Zambia: Daz Demands Maize Bran Export Levy

THE Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) has called on Government to introduce export levy for maize bran to check the current rampant export of the product.DAZ executive manager Jeremiah Kasalo said the move would help the local industry to have a readil…

Zambia: Use Only Approved Instruments, Traders Told

THE Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) has urged traders to ensure that all instruments used in trade are approved to promote fair trade in the country.ZWMA public relations officer, Diana Ngula said there was need for traders in the country to …

Zambia: Predictions – Mulenga Sata to Suffer Humiliating Defeat in Kabwata

Kabwata Constituency is of those that traditionally provides part of the barometer of the political atmosphere in Lusaka.The 2016 race does not look any different, as the loosened social atmosphere provided by Kabwata provides a lot more indication as …

Zambia: Integrating Environmental, Economic Policies

“THE ‘environment’ is where we live; and development is what we all do in attempting to improve our lot within that abode. The two are inseparable.”This is according to Our Common Future, which is also known as the Brundtland Report, from the United Na…

Zambia: Kambwili Condemns Murder of PF Official

THE Government has condemned the murder of a Patriotic Front (PF) official in Ndola’s Chipulukusu Township and the beating of a teacher in Sinazongwe by the United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters which was captured in a video that has …

Southern Africa: Zambia Ready for Aug. 11 Polls – SADC Observers

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) says it has concluded that Zambia is prepared and ready to hold elections on 11th August concurrently with the referendum.Speaking during the launch of the SEOM to t…

Southern Africa: Zambia Disqualified From the 2016 Cosafa Under-17 Championships

Zambia have been disqualified from the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 Championships being staged in Mauritius having been found to have fielded two over-age players for the tournament.Consequently Malawi finish top of Group B and East African guest nation Kenya …

African Leaders Driving Push for Industrialisation: UN Official

Industrialisation in Africa is being driven by African leaders who realise that industries as diverse as horticulture and leather production can help add value to the primary resources they currently export.

This is an “inside driven” process, Li Yong, Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) told IPS in a recent interview. “I’ve heard that message from the African leaders.”

The African Union ‘Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want’ sets out a plan to transform the economy of the 54 countries in Africa based on manufacturing, said Li.

The process received support from the UN General Assembly on Monday with a new resolution titled the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (2016-2025).

The resolution was sponsored by the Group of 77 (G77) developing countries and China in collaboration with the African Union, said Li.

“These steps create a momentum that all “industrialization stakeholders” in Africa must take advantage of,” said Li.

The resolution called on UNIDO to work together with the African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and the Economic Commission for Africa to work towards sustainable industrialisation in Africa over the next 10 years.

The types of industrialisation African countries are embracing often involves adding value to the primary commodities, from mining or agriculture, that they are already producing.

It includes horticultural industry, notably in Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal, beneficiation, adding value to minerals mined in Botswana, and shoe and garment manufacturing in Ethiopia, said Li.

However Li noted that in order to attract foreign investment in industrialisation, developing countries need to “do their homework.”

This can include building the necessary business infrastructure required for new industries in industrial parks.
“We have already seen some countries move ahead with attracting investments into industrial parks (including) Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa,” said Li.

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by Lyndal Rowlands

Photo Credits: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine