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Zambia says to maintain moratorium on wheat imports

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 region.

Christopher 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.

In remarks 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.

Zambia, he 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.

According to 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. 

           

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