PRETORIA - The existing trade and economic ties between South Africa and Zambia should be elevated to advance both countries and the broader Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), a senior diplomat has said.
South Africa's acting high commissioner to Zambia Marx Cameron told a trade and investment seminar hosted by Pretoria's department of economic development, trade and industry as part of a trade and investment tour of Lusaka and Kitwe that cooperation was central to economic development.
"As long as we collectively identify our strengths, weaknesses and challenges, finding possible solutions should be guaranteed,” Cameron said, adding that it was possible, someday, for African nations to rely on their own means without aid.
"We can no longer talk about trade and investment in the context of South Africa without considering the integral nature of our relationship with other countries in Africa. The African continent has opened up new markets for the business community to expand and grow within the continent and businesspeople must take advantage of that."
He said investing in African economies in general and the Southern African Development Community in particular was a key contribution that businesses could make towards creating jobs and reducing poverty.