LUSAKA, Zambia, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Senate Candidate Randy Brinson left Alabama May 19th on a 10 day trade mission to Zambia as part of his Alabama Agribusiness Renaissance initiative.
This is Brinson’s 7th international trade mission, and his 4th to Africa, in cooperation with Alabama’s Agriculture Commissioner, John McMillian.
Brinson is one of 11 candidates who qualified for the Alabama Republican Primary on August 15th. In what promises to be a heated race, several career politicians have already begun running attack ads against their opponents.
While other candidates are busy going negative, political newcomer Brinson will be meeting with the Zambian Vice-President, the Minister of Agriculture, the Minister of Infrastructure and Trade, and local and tribal leaders across the sub-Saharan country. His goal is to secure lands with tribal chiefs and establish a framework for Alabama farmers, businesses and agricultural experts to engage their Zambian counterparts. While Brinson has negotiated successful trade agreements with Africa before, this mission aims to create a systematic framework for large-scale investments and trade.
“I’m excited to represent Alabama’s interests in these growing markets. The willingness to accept investments and technology, and the stability of the government of Zambia provides the perfect opportunity for Alabama businesses to open new markets and grow trade,” Brinson said. “This is an opportunity to expand Alabama’s reach and increase our presence in agricultural markets across the globe, particularly in Africa.”
Zambia can quickly benefit from Alabama technology and know-how, Brinson said. Establishing a trade and investment framework will open up not only Zambian markets to Alabama goods, but will allow Alabama farmers and agribusiness access to markets across Africa, the Middle East, India and Asia.
Brinson’s mission also has national security implications. “This will stabilize our relationship with Zambia and help us counter the influence of other powers in the region, particularly China,” he said. Brinson noted that Zambia is rich in strategic minerals–copper, manganese, uranium, bauxite, cobalt, gold and silver–all of which can be used to benefit Alabama industry.
Brinson will be escorted by Alfred Kalembo, head of the Zambian Council of Churches and foremost evangelical leader in Zambia, as he meets with governmental and tribal leaders. He will return to Alabama on May 28 to resume actively campaigning for the U.S. Senate.
Randy Brinson will be available from Zambia for phone, radio, Skype, and satellite TV interviews during the week of May 22 – 27.
SOURCE Randy Brinson