CATHOLIC Archbishop of GOA State, India, FILLIPE NERI FERRAÕ says he will encourage the GOA Catholic Church Group of Entrepreneurs to visit Zambia for a trade mission.
Reverend FERRAÕ says he presides over a Catholic Group of entrepreneurs that is vigorously making a difference by investing in African countries and other parts of the world.
He said this when Central Province Minister SYDNEY MUSHANGA a flanked by Zambia’s High Commissioner to India JUDITH KAPIJIMPANGA called on him in GOA, India.
The Archbishop says he will encourage the entrepreneurs to go to Zambia as communication will be easier because it is an English speaking Country.
Earlier, Central Province Minister SYDNEY MUSHANGA appealed to the Archbishop to graciously advise investors under his jurisdiction to consider Zambia as the best destination for investment.
Mr. MUSHANGA has cited the Catholic Church pioneered DMI Saint EUGINE University in Chibombo District, Central Province, which he said is making a difference in Zambia’s education sector, as a good investment run by the Catholic Church from India.
He says the PF Government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu has a cordial working relationship with the church in general and the Catholic Church in particular.
President Lungu has reaffirmed his commitment that Zambia shall remain a Christian nation and has since created a Ministry responsible for religious affairs and national guidance, Mr. Mushanga said.
He says the Christian Nation clause is inscribed in the Zambian Republican Constitution but Zambia embraces all religions.
Mr. Mushanga has therefore, called on the Archbishop of GOA to continue praying for the Presidents and entire political leadership of both Zambia and India.
He says he is in GOA, to market the Central Province Investment Expo, to be held from 16th to 20th October, 2018.
Mr. MUSHANGA says Zambia is an attractive investment destination in the world because of its democratic and peaceful record.
The Minister says he is also following up on the 22 potential investors from GOA who recently visited Zambia under the GOA- LUSAKA Trade and Tourism Mission organised by Zambia High Commission in India and Business Networking India – BNI Apparent.
He says Goa, so far, has two credible investors who have invested in Zambia.
Mr. Mushanga says Southern Africa Ferro Alloys Limited -SAFAL through its Director, Pankaj Jain, has set up a world class manganese processing plant in Kanona, Chief Mailo’s area, in Serenje District, Central Province.
He says another investor from GOA NRB Group pioneered by its Chairman, NARAYAN BANDEKAR, has built a world class pharmaceutical processing plant at the Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone- MFEZ officially opened by President Edgar Lungu last year.
Mr. Mushanga says Central Province, in particular, is attractive for any investment because it is centrally located especially lying between Zambia’s administrative capital LUSAKA Province and the commercial hub, Copperbelt Province.
He says the Provincial Administration has secured vast land from traditional leaders for investment opportunities in mining, tourism, construction, education, transport, communications and especially value addition to the crops from small scale farmers.
The Minister says the State Visit by the President of India, Shri Nath Kovind, which is the first time in three decades, has opened doors to get maximum benefits from the Asian sub continent’s economic giant.
This is contained in a statement released by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in NEW DELHI, India, BANGWE NAVILEY.