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Zamibia: Be proactive, local entrepreneurs told

Published date:
Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Private Sector Development Association (PSDA) has urged local entrepreneurs to be proactive if they are to penetrate the United States (US) market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

PSDA chairperson Yusuf Dodia said AGOA has presented a number of opportunities for Zambian entrepreneurs but it is up to them to produce products that will meet the US standards.

Mr Dodia said the AGOA Forum which was held in June was an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to share ideas with the US business delegation on how best they can improve the quality of products and increase exports to the US market.

He said the US market is huge and local entrepreneurs can take advantage of it by enhancing quality and export more products.

“Local entrepreneurs were able to interact with the US business community as well as other business communities from the 37 AGOA member countries. However it is important for entrepreneurs to use the business links if they are to export to the US,” he said.

AGOA eligible countries can export up to 6,500 items which range from apparel, automobiles, footwear, fruits, vegetables and cut flowers to the US.

He said this in an interview on Friday.

He said Government has created an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive which has created opportunities for them to penetrate the US market through the hosting of the AGOA Forum.

He, however, said it is incumbent on the entrepreneurs to utilise the business linkages they created if they are to increase exports to the US.

And Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) president Geoffrey Sakulanda urged local entrepreneurs to invest more on quality enhancement which is vital if the country is to benefit from the AGOA treaty.

Mr Sakulanda also said synergies between local entrepreneurs and US firms will enhance quality and market access to the US.

“ Latest AGOA Trade Data currently available on

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