The UK-Zambian Investment Forum 2009

In December 2009, DMA hosted the Zambian government, lead by Vice President, George Kunda, for three days of investment promotion activities. On Wednesday 3rd December 2009, prominent parliamentarians joined the Vice President, Minister of Trade and Commerce, Minister of Works and Supply, Central Bank Governor, Chairman of the Lusaka Stock Exchange and many other prominent Zambians for a private dinner.

The UK-Zambian Investment Forum

This was followed by full day investment promotion event, attended by over 170 people and described by delegates as one of the most interesting and impressive showcases of a country’s investment potential hosted in the UK. On Friday 5th December, IFSL and DMA hosted the same government delegation for a very successful series of meetings in the heart of the City of London.

One Whitehall Place, London, 3rd December 2009
8.30am - 9.00am

Registration and refreshments

9.00am - 9.15am
Welcome addresses and opening comments:
HE Prof Royson Mukwena, Zambian High Commissioner to the UK Hon Felix Mutati, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry, Government of Zambia Hon Mike Mulongoti, Minister of Works and Supply, Government of Zambia His Honour, George Kunda, Vice President, Government of Zambia

9.15am - 10.40am
Session 1: Setting the Scene - Zambia's investor friendly rise to the heart of Africa
This session charts Zambia's key achievements in moving from a stable, one-party state to a model multi-party democracy, its achievement in becoming one of the most attractive investment destinations in sub-Saharan Africa, and its emergence as a regional economic power.
Chair: Atam Sandhu, CEO, Developing Markets Associates Ltd
• Dr Caleb Fundanga, Governor, Central Bank of Zambia
• Friday Ndhlovu, Chairman, Lusaka Stock Exchange
• Neil Crowder, Co-Founding Partner and CEO, Chayton Capital
• Dr Rajan Mahtani, Chairman, Finance Bank
20 minute Q & A session

10.40am - 11.00am
Refreshments break

11.00am - 12.30pm
Session 2: Infrastructure development and Energy
Major private sector participation is being sought for infrastructure development projects, including hydroelectric dams, roads, railways and bridges with collaborative projects already being undertaken by globally renowned multinationals.
Chair: Beverley Warmington, Director,West and Southern Africa, DFID
• Hon Felix Mutati, Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry, Government of Zambia
• Hon Mike Mulongoti, Minister of Works and Supply, Government of Zambia
• Freddie Kwesiga, Resident Representative,African Development Bank
• Joe Chiyasa, Director, ZESCO
30 minute Q & A session

12.30pm - 1.30pm
Networking lunch

1.30pm - 3.00pm
Session 3: Investing in key business sectors - Trade, Industries andTourism
Hosting one of the seven natural wonders of the world, numerous wildlife parks, the great Zambezi River and good road, rail and air links to its neighbours, the sustainable tourism industry is poised to realise its true potential. In addition to its tourism potential, with no exchange controls since 1993, an enormously successful privatisation of state owned assets, low inflation, and real year on year growth, there has never been a better time to invest in one of Africa's most exciting economies and politically stable countries.
Chair: Roger Martin, Business Director, Africa Matters Ltd
• Timothy Mushibwe, Chairman, Zambia National Tourism Board
• Muhabi Lunga, Director, Zambian Development Agency
• Dick King, Chief Executive, Finance Bank
30 minute Q & A session

3.00pm - 3.30pm
Refreshments break

3.30pm - 5.00pm
Session 4: Investing in key business sectors - Mining, Agriculture and Fisheries
With 6% of the world's copper resources, rising in output by 33% in 2007 alone, and vast reserves of cobalt and precious minerals, Zambia's mining industry has never been in better shape. Investments are in place from Canada, Switzerland, the UK, Australia, South Africa, China and India already and the government has confirmed its commitment to incentivising sustainable investment in the sector. With huge tracts of fertile land Zambia is well placed to become the breadbasket of the region. Numerous crops are produced and livestock culti- vated, and with processing supplementing production, forms a large part of the Zambian economy. Investment in the sector will surely see significant returns and will help to secure Zambia’s food security.
Chair: HE Tom Carter, British High Commissioner to Zambia
• Prof Goldwin Beene, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development
• Charles Mkokweza, Associate Partner, Corpus Legal Practitioners
• Karima Ola, Managing Partner, Chayton Capital
30 minute Q & A session

5.00pm - 5.15pm
Hon Felix Mutati, Minister of Commerce,Trade and Industry, Government of Zambia, Hon Mike Mulongoti, Minister of
Works and Supply, Government of Zambia give conference closing remarks and invites delegates to the gala reception

5.15pm - 6.30pm
Gala reception

For event pictures, view the gallery here