The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has commended the Zambian government for the significant development the country has made in the agriculture sector.
Sir Arthur Foulks said his government would welcome dialogue with the Zambian government on receiving technical assistance in the field of agriculture and horticulture as the Bahamas seek to achieve food security and sustainability.
Sir Arthur said this when he received letters of credence on 7th February 2013 from Zambia’s High Commissioner to Canada Bob Samakai, who also has extra accreditation to Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
This was contained in a media statement issued by the Zambian High Commission in Canada and made available to ZANIS.
“We note that the population of your country is rapidly expanding and that your tourism sector is evolving. Joint venture in tourism could enhance the product of both our countries,” he said.
He commended Mr. Samakai’s proposal to heighten the investment and trade between the two countries.
Sir Arthur said the Bahamas would like to export cement to Zambia and augment the thriving construction industry in the country.
And Mr. Samakai informed Sir Arthur that Zambia was ready to further push the mutual bilateral relations so as to enhance the economies of the two countries.
“I wish to extend an invitation through you to the business community in the Bahamas to consider investing in our country. Zambia is now among the African countries with abundant opportunities and incentives for foreign investment,” Mr. Samakai said.
He added that “opportunities exist in agriculture, tourism, mining, finance, transport and communication and infrastructural development in Zambia.”
Mr. Samakai also presented his letter of credence to the Governor-General of Jamaica Sir Patrick Linton Allen on 4th February 2013.
And Mr. Samakai also attended a meeting addressed by Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller.
The meeting was attended by the 11 recently accredited heads of missions to Jamaica and other heads of missions.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica told the audience that his country will continue forging and enhancing cordial and faithful relations with its traditional partners and with emerging economies.
“Guided by our commitment to multilateralism as the cornerstone for peace and development, we will continue to engage with all countries to explore opportunities for foreign direct investment, tourism growth, expanded trade and technical and cultural cooperation,” he said.
Whilst in Jamaica, Mr. Samakai met the Chamber of Commerce called Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) which expressed interest in helping the private sector of both Countries.
JAMPRO also wants to have trade links with the Zambia Chamber of Commerce in order to promote the private sector led trade relations of the both countries.
Mr. Samakai said the Zambian government was ready to support and facilitate the creation of business links of the private sector in the two countries.