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 panelists 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 panelist to get more depth into what the panel had to share.
The occasion was an informative discussion and led to an 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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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 centered 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.
Professional Development Series –Marketing: Traditional 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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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 a 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 which speaker, Ruth Lawanson interacted with the audience members who were active participants. The event was informative and gave way a positive exchange of ideas.
May 31st 2018
Professional Development Session
On May 31st the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia held a special professional development session specifically for the Women-Owned business tier. The talk was given by Regina Gwynn who is Co-Founder & CEO at Tresse Noire Beauty in the USA. Regina who headed the talk spoke about how she was able to grow her business using technology the best way she could. The talk centered on how technology can affect a business when used effectively encouraged the women who attended the session to reflect and explore ideas on how digital solutions can impact their businesses positively. They shared various marketing strategies that they found very useful to their businesses.
June 1st to 2nd 2018
Zambia International Property Expo
The month of June began with an opportunity to network. The AmCham Zambia exhibited its services at the Zambia International Property Expo at East Park Mall in Lusaka.
The ZIP expo is the largest property platform in Zambia, bringing together key industry stakeholders to explore and exchange knowledge, network and showcase vast investment opportunities, products, and services. The event allowed the Chamber to interact with the members of the property sector and the public. The highlight of the event was the informative property investment sessions in the education tent.
June 14th 2018
Launch of AGOA Strategy Response
On the 14th of June, the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry launched the AGOA Response strategy which will run from 2018-2025. The Zambia AGOA strategy was brought together by the Ministry of Commerce trade and industry and the Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub. The strategy is anchored to the 7NDP and other government economic development strategies. The American Chamber of Commerce was pleased to attend the event as a stakeholder in the AGOA process.
June 19th 2018
AmCham Annual General Meeting
The American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia on the 19th of June 2018 held its annual general meeting at the U.S Embassy in Zambia. The U.S Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Christopher Kraft spoke to members of the Chamber before the start of the meeting. Mr. Kraft expressed continued support from the Embassy to the Chamber as the Chamber continues in its efforts to promote trade and investment between Zambia and the U.S.A.
The members of the Chamber proceeded to have the annual general meeting. Following the meeting, members proceeded to the cocktail reception where they were joined by other members and guests. Present at the networking cocktail was Minister of Commerce Trade and industry Mr. Christopher Yaluma who gave the keynote speech. The AGM and cocktail sponsored by FNB, Prudential, and Latitude 15 degrees hotel was a great success.
During the cocktail, the Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry met and interacted with various members of the Chamber and also got the chance to meet and interact with the AmCham board of directors.
Zambia International Trade Fair
Zambia International Trade Fair is the biggest International Exhibition in Zambia that promotes trade and investment. It is a platform for supporting Cross-Border Trade and it attracts participation from all sectors of the economy. The trade fair provided a great forum for the US Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce and NAC2000 to share information on their services. Engagements with fellow exhibitors and attendees of the fair were both fruitful and insightful.
During the seven day exhibition, the booth was visited by Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame, who commended AmCham Zambia on their operations and left a few words of encouragement for the Secretariat.
AmCham Zambia hosted its first Copperbelt event in 2018 at The Urban Hotel Ndola. The event was an evening of networking among Copperbelt members and friends of the Chamber.
AmCham President Christopher Jannou was present to represent both the board and The Urban Hotel Group. Mr. Jannou welcomed the guests to the occasion, spoke on the operations of the chamber across the country and encouraged everyone present at the network. Also in attendance at the cocktail was Zambia Development Agency representative Mr. Matongo Matamwandi who gave remarks on behalf of the ZDA commending the Chamber and its efforts and informing the crowd on ZDA services they should take advantage of. The event was a great opportunity for the Chamber to interact with its Copperbelt based members and AmCham looks forward to having more events in the province.
July 5th 2018
Professional Development – Business Development and Off Grid Solar
On a cold July evening, the chamber hosted an electrifying professional development segment at The Work at the Latitude 15 Hotel. The keynote speaker for the night was U.S entrepreneur Michael Szymanski, who has great experience in off-grid solar systems, as well as business development in Africa.
The discussion albeit informal, was a thorough and extensive question and answer session with some members in the energy sector. The gathering was a insightful exchange of knowledge among Mr. Szymanski and the attendances who learnt more about solar and insights on doing business in Zambia based on experiences attendees shared.
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 as well as other dignitaries. Hon Dora Siliya gave a speech on behalf of the vice president Honorable Inonge Wina.