By NATION REPORTER
THERE is need for the local manufacturing industries in Zambia to invest in timber processing, Vice President Inonge Wina has said.
Ms Wina said the country had all the necessary raw materials needed to run a successful timber processing industry.
She said this in a speech read by National Development Planning Minister, Alexander Chiteme, during the official opening of new offices for Sikale Deco at East Park in Lusaka.
The Vice President urged Sikale Deco to continue expanding its investments in Zambia and beyond.
She encouraged the company to promote long-term investment in tree planting which will ensure the country sustain its Timber sub -sector.
And speaking at the same function, Lands Minister Jean Kapata emphasized that Government wanted timber to be exported as a finished product, hence the need to promote value addition.
Meanwhile, Sikale Deco chief Operating Officer Vanessa Seno Dudhia said her company was promoting Zambian products in Line with President Edgar Lungu’s call to promote local product.