Zambia may buy Indian-made goods as part of her efforts to reduce dependence on South Africa and Rhodesia.
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Background: Zambia may buy Indian-made goods as part of her efforts to reduce dependence on South Africa and Rhodesia. Zambian Trade Minister Humphrey Mulemba, currently heading his country's commercial mission to India, said in New Delhi yesterday (Wednesday) that he felt there was considerable scope for Zambia buying a variety of Indian goods.
Mr Mulemba yesterday had an hour-long meeting with Indian Foreign Trade Minister Bali Ram Bhagat. After the talks, it was announced that the two ministers had agreed on prospects for increased bilateral trade and for initiating joint industrial ventures in Zambia.
For his part, Mr Bhagat said that India was interested in buying more non-ferrous metals, like copper, from Zambia.
Mr Mulemba's delegation, the first Zambian trade team to visit India, later held detailed talks with senior Indian economic officials. The talks were due to continue today.