Agricultural Processing Plant On Its Way To Abia, As UCCIMA Signs MoU With ZNCC
By Our Reporter
Umuahia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, UCCIMA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, ZNCC.
This is part of the positive steps taken by the UCCIMA to provide a focused business empowerment as the engine for economic growth to Abia Entrepreneurs as it is obtainable at Zimbabwe.
For the records, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit making membership-basedorganization that provides services designed to support its members in business development not only in Zimbabwe but in extension to African markets.
As an independent organisation, the ZNCC also aims to be a leader in business development in the national economy and a channel of communication between business and the various Captains if Industry in Zimbabwe, Africa, Asia and European Market.
Briefing our correspondent shortly after the MoU signing at Zimbabwe, Chief Chidi Nkem-Aruoma, the Chief Servant of UCCIMA and Vice President of the Nigeria Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce said Abians and Nigeria’s young entrepreneurs would through this collaboration learn and improve on the Zimbabwe’s principal agricultural exports like tobacco, cotton lint, raw sugar, tea and coffee, horticultural products and maize production.
His words, The main reason for this event is that we are looking at the possibility of marketing Africa to Africans. Zimbabwean’s products are looking for ways to introduce their products and technology into the Nigeria market and based on our discussion and agreement, Abia State being the largest concentration of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, will be a better place for us to have this collaboration. And, we have also got to a point where they are looking for partners that will help them in the fertilizer manufacturing sector. They are willing to come to Abia State to setup Agricultural processing plant.
“We are looking at how all these things can be achieved and how best they can help us develop tourism because wildlife and tourism is a very big hub in Zimbabwe and they are ready for collaboration.
“We are looking at crossbreeding technology and I believe that in the next one year, we will begin to harvest the proceeds from this symbiotic relationship and mutual trade relationship”, Chief Aruoma said.
He observed that Zimbabwe has many adaptable and drought-resistant plant species that require minimal or no agri-inputs at all and have significant commercial potential, which Abia Entrepreneurs can research on and also through the ZNCC introduce same in Nigeria for maximum agricultural revolution and productivity.
Earlier, the Nigerian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Zacharia Ifu encouraged Chief Aruoma to maximize the business potentials and build partnership with the Zimbabwean business community.
The signing of the MoU was also witnessed by the Ghanian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, the Angolan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, the Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, President, Angolan Chamber of Commerce and other captains of industries.