Republican Vice President George Kunda says the agricultural and commercial show provides a platform for the ccountry to show case its economic progress to the international community.
He further said the show encourages companies to raise their standards and production efficiency, which in turn contributes to Zambia’s economic competitiveness.
“Government attaches great importance to the agricultural and commercial show because it is at such occasions that Zambia is able to show case its economic progress and position in the international economy” He said
Mr. Kunda said this during the Agricultural and Show Society Judges Luncheon at the agriculture and commercial show grounds in Lusaka today.
Before the luncheon, the Vice President toured some stands at the 83rd Agricultural and Commercial Show which opened its gates to the public today. The official opening is set for tomorrow by President Rupiah Banda.
Meanwhile Mr. Kunda has expressed satisfaction with the display by various companies and institutions exhibiting at this year’s show.
He said the exhibitors have shown high standards and that stiff competition should be expected among the exhibitors.
The Vice President also commended the Agricultural and Commercial Show Society of Zambia (ACSZ) for organizing this year’s show well, whose theme is “Challenge of Change”, despite the current global economic meltdown which has affected many countries including Zambia.
“I thank your committee for a job well done in organizing this years’ show, particularly that this has been achieved notwithstanding the current world economic meltdown which has not spared Zambia. Keep it up, we should not be defeated by this crunch, but rather we should rise to the challenge and devise better ways of survival as per our theme “ The Challenge of Change” he said.
He further appealed to the judges to exercise professionalism and objectivity in their judgment, and contribute to the growth of the Zambian economy.
Meanwhile a check by ZANIS found some companies exhibiting, while others were doing some final touches to their stands.
About 13 foreign countries are expected to exhibit at this year’s agricultural and commercial show in Lusaka.