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President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA says Zambia is not a landlocked country, but land linked state, which should use its position to promote trade.

The President says Zambia should see itself as strategically located and turn itself into a hub of production, value addition and food distribution.

The Head of State says the country has a huge market from neighbouring countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC- and Angola.

ZANIS reports that President HICHILEMA said this in Lusaka today, when he met United Bank of Africa Chairperson, TONY ELUMELU and his delegation at State House.

He said Zambia should actualize the vision of taking food into the DRC and Angola for trade.

And the Head of State stated that Foreign Direct Investment -FDI- must not just be centered on Europe, Asia and America but that it must prioritise African investments.

President HICHILEMA added that the definition of FDIs should be translated into job creation and business opportunities for Africa and its people.

The President further said he would like to see the Zambian youths taking advantage of the Tony Elumelu Foundation to benefit from the empowerment programmes offered.

He stated that he also wants to see the involvement of the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises with the foundation to promote entrepreneurship and skills development especially among the Zambian young entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, the UBA Chairperson said his foundation would like to support small ambitious entrepreneurs who are energetic with enabling opportunity and mentoring them to realise their potential.

Mr. ELUMELU stressed that his foundation is ready to support the President’s economic aspirations for the country.

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