Local firms should seek partnerships with foreign investors

LOCAL companies should consider partnering with foreign investors for them to learn how to improve their operations and grow sufficient food to sustain the country, says Zambia Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) president Geoffrey Sakulanda.

Mr Sakulanda said in an interview that some of the foreign investors were ready to partner with Zambian firms.

He said the Zambian private sector should be smart and learn all technological aspects of manufacturing and preserving food  from foreign investors.

Mr Sakulanda said it was unfortunate that Zambia was importing almost everything including a simple box of matches.

“We must be smart, partner with them, learn from them, learn their technology then absorb it and let it work for us  ourselves especially in food, manufacturing and ensuring that we grow sufficient food,” he said.

“In Zambia we see people by the roadside only during the rainy season selling mushrooms and mangoes but the rest of the year  there is poverty and people  are just waiting for God to provide.

“When are we going to start to preserve that mushroom, those mangoes so that they are available throughout the year? We need technology and change in attitudes,” he said.