Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Christopher Yaluma says Government will not ratify the recently signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement until further consultation is done with the Zambian people.
Mr Yaluma says it will be after consultation with the citizens that the ACFTA ratification proposal will be tabled in parliament and Cabinet as required by the Zambian law.
He has urged Zambians to support the decision made by government to sign the ACFTA framework to allow Zambia join the envisaged common market in Africa.
He said Zambia stands to benefit in Government will ensure that there is industrialisation and production of quality goods within Zambia.
Mr. Yaluma says Zambians must support this measure as it would help remove the perception of Zambia being a dumping site of low standard goods.
President Edgar Lungu signed the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement during the just ended 32nd Heads of States and Government Summit In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This is according to a statement released to ZNBC News by First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia Inutu Mwanza.