COMERCE Minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe, speaking during the first Eastern Province Symposium on development held at Protea Hotel in Chipata on Thursday. On her right is Luapula Province Minister, Nixon Chilangwa and on her left are Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu and Agicultural Minister, Dora Siliya. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
FILE: COMERCE Minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe, speaking during the first Eastern Province Symposium on development held at Protea Hotel in Chipata on Thursday. On her right is Luapula Province Minister, Nixon Chilangwa and on her left are Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu and Agicultural Minister, Dora Siliya. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
MINISTER of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe says the hosting of the 2017 Ease of Doing Business Initiative (EDBI) conference will benefit Zambia through knowledge sharing and foreign exchange in-flows from international delegates.

The conference, which will be hosted this May, is expected to attract 400 delegates from 30 countries in Africa and abroad, among them top business executives and other leading public and private sector players.

“This annual conference is a peer learning event supported by the World Bank to facilitate knowledge sharing on business reforms and showcase best business practice,” Ms Mwanakatwe said.

The EDBI conference is a peer-to-peer learning event requested by African countries and supported by the World Bank Group, to facilitate knowledge sharing on Doing Business reforms.

It aims to showcase and facilitate replication of best practice, best fit-in reform, ideas, opinions and expertise on the legal and institutional framework underpinning successful business environment reforms in order to help pave the way for bigger and better business and increased investment flows in sub-Saharan Africa.

In a speech read by permanent secretary at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Kayula Siame during the launch of the website on 2017 Ease of Doing Business Initiative Conference, Ms Mwanakatwe said this year’s theme was ‘Opportunities: Business reforms for industrialisation, value addition and job creation’.

Ms Mwanakatwe said the theme is premised on the need for African countries to share experiences and expertise in the implementation of business and economic reforms that will spur and accelerate sustainable inclusive industrialisation, value addition and job creation of the economies.

She said among the key topics to be discussed at the conference are enhancing regional trade, changes to doing business methodologies and implementation of special economic zones.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Has she paid back the money she owes to CEEC and to the people of Zambia after she was illegally paid salaries after parliament adjourned sine die

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  2. Investment promotion; Ease of doing business; Export promotion through Quality Assurance; Responsible import regime; yes, these are policy statements that add value to peace and stability in the country. Without peace and stability, the country can not create employment and grow the economy. With focus and focus, these words are actionable. When implemented by dedicated technocrats, then the country will prosper. The conducive investment climate must be transformed in tangible products, services, results and development projects.

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    • Global Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalG.A.P.) is one of the tools for opening doors for exporting fresh produce to European Union (EU) markets demands Quality Assurance (QA). The vast experience in EU exports gained by Practical Training Centre of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association (PTCFPEAA) of Kenya should be beneficial for their less experienced counterparts in Zambia. Similarly, the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) is a reliable partner.

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    • @ Dr. Makasa Kasonde

      investment promotion can only work when the minimum international standards as to the protection of investment are not just “policy” but fully implemented and complied with. In so far, Zambia has not achieved that required standard and Ms. Mwanakatwe has not done anything to correct such sorry state of Government performance.

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  3. Talking, talking, get paid allowances and no action – we’ve seen and heard it all before.

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