LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government said on Tuesday
that it was reluctant to relax its rules on the
importation of wheat flour from the southern African
Yaluma, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, said
Zambia’s decision to maintain a moratorium on wheat
imports from the region was in the best interest of the
country as it was meant to benefit the local economy.
delivered on the sidelines of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) 30th Meeting of
Committee of Ministers of Trade in South Africa, the
Zambian minister said the decision has since been
accepted by other countries in the region.
said, will exercise caution to adopt international trade
treaties that were not favorable to the country, adding
that the decision has already been accepted by other
countries, according to a statement from the Zambia
embassy in South Africa.
him, the government needed time to make extensive
consultations with local stakeholders before adopting
some international trade agreements like joining the
African Union free trade area.