2018 Events

2nd February

Back to Work Networking Breakfast

To mark the beginning of a new year, the American Chambers of Commerce in Zambia collaborated with the British and German Chambers to host the 2nd Back to Work Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion at the Latitude 15 Hotel in Lusaka.

The organising Chambers of Commerce sought to provide an outlook from the private sector, for the forthcoming year therefore themed the event panel discussion was “Private Sector Perspective on Zambia’s Business Climate”.

The event was opened by a presentation on macroeconomic outlooks for the year. Speaking on this segment of the event was Dr. Gregory Smith who is the Senior Economist – Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management Global Practice at the World Bank.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion that was moderated by Mr. Mafipe Chunga, Senior Manager of Deal Advisory at KPMG Zambia. Guests had the imponderable opportunity to listen and exchange with panellists Mr. Luxminarayanan Subramaniam, Group General Manager at Trade Kings Group, Dr. Akintayo Adisa, Managing Director and Business Development Manager Southern Africa of BASF and Mr. Sipho Phiri,  Chairman of Western Power and Memorial Park. Guests were able to participate in a Q&A session with the panellist to get more depth into what the panel had to share.

The occasion was an informative discussion and led to exchange of ideas and information between business leaders. Present in the midst was German Ambassador Achim Burkar as well as other notables.

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19th February

World Economic Forum – Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation Workshop

After months of scoping work to examine the possibility of assisting Zambia in trade facilitation activities, the World Economic Forum – Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation successfully hosted a workshop on Monday 19th February 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka.

The dialogue centred on possible areas for assisting Zambia in regards to trade facilitation activities and proposals on what a possible trade facilitation programme may look like. The two representers presented the findings of their mission to Zambia, which was a scoping mission for a potential private-sector led trade facilitation project and which followed on from the successful fact-finding mission done at the end of 2017 by the World Economic Forum. During the event, Zambia Revenue Authority Director of Modernisation who was also present responded to questions on issues members faced with ZRA system at borders.

It was a lively discussion in which a few challenges pertaining to trade in Zambia were identified.The presenters said that the size and duration of a project are tailored to the needs of the countries. There may be more than one project in a country, the project is set to launch in the next few months.

Loren Hall and Florent Bakija -WEF GATF representatives present findings on challenges in trade facilitation activities at Zambian borders before opening up discussion on possible solutions

Dingani Banda- Commissioner of Modernisation & Corporate Strategy – Zambia Revenue Authority responds to queries from participants.

19th February

Professional Development Series –MarketingTraditional vs Digital 

American Chamber Of Commerce Zambia in conjunction with BongoHive co-hosted the first session of the Professional Development Series in 2018. The theme of the discussion “Social Media Marketing vs Traditional Marketing” with US entrepreneur Dr.Bruce Dunams as the keynote speaker.

Dr Dunams, Managing Partner at The Innovative Advisory Firm, elaborated on the difference between the two types of marketing  and how companies can utilise  both traditional and digital media to promote their brand.

The digital age is changing marketing dynamics and the session provided great professional insight. AmCham Professional Development Series is targeted at middle management and entrepreneurs hosted in collaboration with BongoHive.

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March 20th

AmCham Board Meets With US Ambassador

On the rainy afternoon of the 20th of March, the new U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Mr. Daniel Foote welcomed the board and the secretariat of the chamber at his residence for an introductory meeting. Members of the board and secretariat had the pleasure of introducing themselves and their company over a cup of afternoon tea with great discussion on business, the chamber and more common areas of interest. The Chamber looks forward to working with the new Ambassador.

March 22nd 2018

Professional Development Series – Fintech

American Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Bongo Hive, co-hosted the second Professional Development Series with a focus on FinTech, titled “Transforming Financial Technology in Zambia and Beyond.”

The session facilitated by Ruth Lawanson provided insights into FinTech and its development in the continent, Africa’s unique FinTech needs, BlockChain and the future of FinTech in Africa. Ruth Lawanson from the U.S an African Business Fellow – Finance and Strategy Consultant, discussed trends in FinTech and opportunities for African businesses.

During speaker Ruth Lawanson interacted with the audience members who were active participants. The event was informative and gave way a positive exchange of ideas.

AmCham Member  Event

March 21st 2018

Fairy Bottling – World Water Day Gala

In commemorating World Water Day, member of the chamber Fairy Bottling hosted a gala dinner at the Corner Café on March 21st. The theme of the celebration ‘The Answer is in Nature’ in support of the 2018 World Water Day theme: ‘Nature for Water’, explored nature-based solutions (NBS) to the water challenges that we face in the 21st century.

The campaign around the theme sought to raise awareness of Nature Based Solutions. The central message around the theme was that NBS, such as planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands, is a sustainable and cost-effective way to help re-balance the water cycle, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve human health and livelihoods.

Present at the gala was Honorable Vincent Mwale MP, Honorable Dora Siliya MP aswell as other dignitaries. Hon Dora Siliya gave a speech on behalf of the vice president Honorable Inonge Wina.