The delegation has come under the auspices of Enterprise Mauritius which is an apex trade promotion organisation of the Republic of Mauritius resulting from collaborative partnership between the Mauritius public and private sectors.
Enterprise Mauritius chairman Amedee Darga said the platform will enable Zambian buyers to meet with Mauritian manufacturers who will be showing a range of products and an opportunity for them to discover Mauritius as a duty-free sourcing destination.
“We have come to Zambia to seek opportunities for the delegation of 20 exporters of Mauritius to export to Zambia. While we come to Zambia to export, we also wish to import from Zambia [as] we really believe it is important for intra-Africa trade,” Mr Darga said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday after the official opening of the trade meeting.
“In any case Mauritius imports a lot of things mainly food. We are a small island so I understand that there are certain products that Zambia produces such has honey and kidney beans. There are products we import from other countries. I’m sure Zambia has the potential to export products to Mauritius at competitive prices,” he said.
Mr Darga said Mauritius has sustained the development of the textile, garments, health, agriculture, industrial, information communication technology, light engineering sectors, among other area.
“I’m inviting the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) to come to our country to discover business opportunities in my country,” he said.
At the same occasion, ZDA acting director for export development Jonathan Simwawa said Government intends to sign a memorandum of understanding with Mauritius to promote trade between the two countries.