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Zambia: Quality Products Key to AGOA, SMEs Told

Monday, 10 January 2005

Source: The Times of Zambia (Ndola)

There is need for small business enterprises to mass-produce quality goods if they are to access the Africa Gross Opportunity Act (AGOA) market, Small Scale Enterprise Development Board (SEDB) acting director, David Chewe, has said.

ZambiaIn an interview in Lusaka at the weekend, Mr Chewe said there was potential market for small-scale enterprise products such as garments, tie-and-dye, flowers and other horticultural products in the AGOA market.

He called on the government to facilitate an enabling environment for SMEs to produce for export to AGOA and other European markets.

Mr Chewe said Government should, among other things, help reduce the cost of production by reducing taxes and encouraging commercial banks to reduce interest rates further.

And Mr Chewe has said the influx of second-hand clothes (salaula) had impacted negatively on Zambia's textile industry in the last few years.

He said small-scale enterprise had an enormous potential to contribute to the revival of Zambia's textile industry if Government regulated the influx of used clothes on the local market.



“AGOA Latest AGOA Trade Data currently available on AGOA.info


Click here to view a sector profile of Zambia’s bilateral trade with the United States, disaggregated by total exports and imports, AGOA exports and GSP exports.


Other regularly updated trade statistics on AGOA.info include: (click each link to view)

  • AGOA-beneficiary Countries’ AGOA and GSP Trade Aggregates

  • AGOA Trade by Industry Sector

  • Apparel Trade under AGOA’s Wearing Apparel Provisions

  • Latest Apparel Quotas under AGOA

  • Bilateral Trade Data for all AGOA-eligible countries individually.