Jeffrey Mountevans
Jeffrey Mountevans

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Jeffrey Mountevans, is this Wednesday scheduled to lead a business delegation to Zambia in order to strengthen bilateral trade between Zambia and the UK.

He will be in Lusaka from 25 to 27 February and his visit will help to make sure London and the UK remain the regional partner of choice when it comes to financial and professional services.

Speaking ahead of his trip, where he will be joined by City firms, Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans, said: “Building partnership between our two countries is the main goal of my visit this week. I want to make sure that the City of London and the rest of the UK are Zambia’s first thought when they want to do business.

“Bilateral trade between Zambia and the UK, which has reached record levels, is expected to continue with its strong growth. And while the country is the UK’s sixth largest export market in sub Saharan Africa, I think we can and should be building on this over the years and the prime objective of my visit is to do just this,” he said.

The Lord Mayor will be meeting with senior members of the government, central bank, investment authorities, regulators and business leaders. Other notable events he will take part in include: Touring the Lusaka Stock Exchange followed by a roundtable discussion on the challenges around growing Zambia’s capital market. He is also expected to attend a meeting between the Securities Exchange Commission of Zambia and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) on benchmark qualifications and professional standards and the growth of the Zambian capital market.

Additionally, he will be meeting and speaking to members from the British Chamber of Commerce; the World Bank Group; the Industrial Development Corporation and will be guest at a conference with the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and local companies on the business environment and the challenges and opportunities in Zambia.

Speaking after attending a Private dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor and Lord Mayoress at the Mansion House, the official residence during the Mayoral Year, High Commissioner for Zambia to the United Kingdom Mr. Muyeba Chikonde said that the Lord Mayor’s visit to Zambia affirms the growing bilateral relations between Zambia and the United Kingdom and also asserts Zambia’s position as one of the most preferred investment destinations in Africa. “What remains is for us Zambians to harness, cherish and promote this potential by telling the world Zambia’s good story” he said.

The roles of the Lord Mayor (Jeffrey Evans) and the Mayor of London (Boris Johnson MP) are often confused by many. They are complementary but have a completely different remit in that The Lord Mayor acts as ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services and promotes the City of London as a place to do business while the Mayor of London is responsible for the strategic governance of Greater London.

The Lord Mayor is head of the City of London’s authority for one year and the position is unpaid but it is an exceptionally demanding role. He spends some 90 days abroad and addresses some 10,000 people face-to-face each month (making around 800 speeches a year).

The Lord Mayor represents City businesses and helps the City Corporation advise the Government of the day on what is needed to help the financial services sector to function well. He frequently travels to represent the City; and travels overseas with the status of a Cabinet Minister. The overseas trips provide an opportunity to meet several international Heads of Government and Business each month to discuss financial services, often in conjunction with senior City business representatives.

Joint Statement Issued by Abigail Chaponda, First Secretary- Press and Public Relations and Henry Tanner, Senior Media Officer, City of London Corporation

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15 COMMENTS

    • Sorry Katondo boys, Lungu/PF are unsaleable. Cast your vote very wisely on HH/UPND and you won’t go wrong. Lungu is clueless by his own admission. He is extremely violent although he is good at squeezing himself in sheep’s clothing to look humble. But he isn’t!

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    • @1.1 WE CAN’T VOTE FOR REGIONALISM. WE WANT A PRESIDENT WHO POSSESSES A NATIONAL CHARACTER, SIMPLE, JOVIAL AND APPROACHABLE. HH, HASN’T GOT NONE OF THESE QUALITY. THE QUALITIES HE HAS ARE BITTERNESS, HATE, AND JUST ANGRY.

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  1. Lord mayor? Not even Londoners know this chap.He os just coming to promote London’s offshore banking services so they can continue to fleece you via transfer pricing!!

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    • I hope not. I would like to see Zambia and the UK work together for mutual benefit. Sadly to most in the UK Zambia is not even on their radar, never mind a priority (a great shame.)

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  2. I really don’t know why, apart from a gut feeling, but I can’t help but support London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Brexit decision!

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    • It really comes down to who do you trust between Westminster and Brussels. Not much to choose from, are they?

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  3. whatever you do make sure you negotiate for the benefit of our country Not the way you have been doing with the Chinese. Learn from Cameron who successfully fought for UKs interests in Europe. Never ever think an Englishman will develop Zambia for you.We should not run away from responsibility of developing our country. Just as no one would feed your children better than you NO one can take care of our interests better than ourselves

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    • WISE WORDS IN THE END WE WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF WITH THE COUNTRY AS WE SEEM TO OWE MONEY TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

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    • I agree with the sentiment, but the UK government have betrayed their own steel workers, then handed lucrative construction contracts to the Chinese at knock-down prices for nuclear power stations no-one in their right mind wants. Stupidity is a universal constant it seems.

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  4. I doubt if any of our young generation have seen the label, “Made in England”. Back then it was a sign of high quality which has since then been replaced by Chinese products of doubtful quality.

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    • That’s the legacy of Margaret Thatcher: UK manufacturing destroyed, everything gambled on the City and its dubious financial practices.

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  5. If you don’t understand a subject like international inter-dependence in economics, holding your peace and doing some research quietly could be of some help. When you bubble like a fish in murky ignorance, you deny yourself a chance to be heard later on, when you may actually have some meaningful contribution to make on a more familiar topic. Cherish self-respect, for crying out loud!

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    • Forgive the opposition,they are there to oppose,if the ruling party tell them to take detour,they will take are another way just to prove that they are more knowledgeable lol!?

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