President Banda of Zambia Hopes that Swazi King Can Help Attract Investors
King Mswati III of Swaziland toured the Kanasashi Copper Mine while on a three-day visit to Zambia. After the tour, the president of Zambia, Rupiah Banda stated that the Swazi king “would use his clout to convince big investors who have developed the tourism and sugar industries in Swaziland to come to Zambia”, according to the Lusaka Times.
King Mswati said that he is in Zambia for the purpose of looking at investment opportunities. He will make the decision about the exact type of investment when he returns to Swaziland. He also said that there was need to encourage trade between Zambia and Swaziland.
After the tour of the mines, King Mswati told the crowd that gathered for his bilateral talk with President Banda that “…the people of this province have been very generous to offer me land which we can come and look at. His Excellency (President Banda) supports that idea”.
The king also praised the safety measures employed by the mine, as well as the fact that the mine has hired women. He said that the mine will improve the standards of living in the area, as well as the economy.
After the bilateral talks, the President Banda and King Mswati held a private meeting with the mine management. King Mswati leaves Zambia on Monday July 20.
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