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.