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    The Zambian government has made this year's annual trade exhibition more than just a pre-independence-weekend show of Zambian products.

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    The Zambian government has made this year's annual trade exhibition more than just a pre-independence-weekend show of Zambian products.

    When Prime Minister Mainza Chona opened the exhibition at Lusaka showgrounds on Saturday night (October 20) he announced that the government is to set up an export promotion council to help manufacturers with exporting problems.

    Since independence on October 24, 1964, Zambia has had one of the richest and fastest growing economies south of the Sahara, but the government knows the country's economy leans too government is looking to is becoming an increasingly urban society so the government is looking to the manufacturing industries to give the country's finances a broader base.

    Cement production is one of Zambia's rapid growth industries. Large industrial projects in preparation include an oil refinery, an iron and steel mill, and a car assembly plant.

    Mr. Chona has promised support on export promotions, tariff protection, import licensing and re-routing of imports, but he warned that the government would not protect inefficient producers.

    There were 128 exhibitors at the show.

    SYNOPSIS: The Zambian Government has made this year's annual trade exhibition in Lusaka more than just a holiday weekend show of national products.

    Opening the exhibition on Saturday Prime Minister Mainza Chona said the Government was setting up an exports promotion council to help manufactures handle exporting problems.

    Transport has been a stumbling block since Rhodesia declared independence eight years ago. Zambia had to change her trade routes from south to north to avoid going through Rhodesia.

    The Government is hoping the rapidly growing cement industry can become an important money earner. Zambia had one of the richest and fastest growing economies south of the Sahara since Independence in nineteen sixty-four, but it relies too much on copper.

    Agriculture accounts for only six per cent of the Gross Domestic product.

    So the Government is spending large sums on agriculture. There is a lac??? of skilled manpower because many of the better educated young people continue to leave the land to work in the faster developing towns. The one hundred and twenty eight exhibitors spent about sixty-six thousand pounds displaying their products at the show.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6R0TSBPRLP4YBGA40PM4VHQWM
    Media URN:
    VLVA6R0TSBPRLP4YBGA40PM4VHQWM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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