By Masauso Mkwayaya

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development -CTPD – has called on the private sector to utilise trade opportunities that Government is creating through initiatives such as the rehabilitated Nacala Port.

CTPD Executive Director ISAAC MWAIPOPO says Government is doing its part in creating opportunities and it is now the responsibility of the private sector to take advantage before others exploit the business environment.

Speaking in an interview with ZNBC News, Mr. MWAIPOPO said the Nacala Port gives hope to the local manufacturing sector because the Nacala corridor is a shorter export route.

He said Government should go further and improve access to finance among the private sector so that they can build capacity to produce more products for export.

And speaking in a phone interview with ZNBC News, Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association Zambia Secretary General JACOB MAKAMBWE said the Nacala corridor will be quicker for people who want to export goods.

Mr. MAKAMBWE stated that Government should now ensure that it constructs a railway- line to run parallel with the road leading to the Port so that heavy cargo is removed from the road.

He said this will be important in safeguarding the integrity of the road.

And Mr. MAKAMBWE has advised local importers including those who import vehicles from Japan to consider using the Nacala Port as it is shorter and will likely be more efficient.

On Saturday, President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA joined Mozambican President FILIPE NYUSI and Malawian President LAZARUS CHAKWERA at the inauguration of the rehabilitated and expanded Nacala Port which is Zambia’s shortest Sea Port.

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