By Mwila Nsofu
President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA has called for more joint public-private ventures between African countries.
President HICHILEMA was speaking during the inauguration of the rehabilitated, expanded and modernised Nacala Port in Nampula Province, Mozambique.
The President joined his counterparts President FILIPE NYUSI of Mozambique, who hosted the event, President LAZAROUS CHAKWERA of Malawi, marking the momentous occasion known as the Zambia-Mozambique-Malawi Growth Triangle -ZMM-GT-.
The event marked the third international gateway in which President HICHILEMA participated, following the opening of the Lobito Corridor in Angola in July of this year and the Zambia-DRC gateway last week.
During the event, Presidents HICHILEMA, NYUSI and CHAKWERA signed a tripartite institutional agreement on the Nacala Development Corridor, while the respective Ministers responsible for transport in the three countries signed agreements related to road and rail infrastructure.
President HICHILEMA emphasized Zambia’s goal of leveraging its geographic position to become a truly land-linked country through the development of transport corridors.
And State House says President HICHILEMA has been actively engaged in economic diplomacy efforts aimed at opening up Zambia for increased investment.
State House Chief Communications Specialist CLAYSON HAMASAKA says this is with the realisation of the vision of making Zambia an economic hub in the region.
In a statement to ZNBC News, Mr. HAMASAKA said Zambia has faced limited access to international markets for some time, leading to the initiative of opening up new routes to boost trade volumes and attract more investment to the country.
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