Zambia to benefit from PIA visit



The Zambian Embassy in Brussels has facilitated a business visit for The Private Investors for Africa (PIA)  to Zambia in the 4th quarter of the year with intention to explore business development and investment opportunities.

PIA Secretary General WALTER GELENS says the objective of the visit is to engage with government on investment opportunities and on tangible ways to build sustainable economic development through partnerships with the private sector.

Mr GELENS further revealed that the decision to visit Zambia was strengthened by the positive feedback concerning the country’s economic situation during its recent consultations with, among others, the International Monitory Fund – IMF and the World Bank in Washington.

He said this when he called on Zambia’s Ambassador to Belgium GRACE KABWE at the Zambian chancery in Brussels, Belgium.

And Zambia’s Ambassador to Belgium GRACE KABWE says she is hopeful that the mission of the PIA to Zambia will be positive as some of its member companies operating in Zambia are aware of the country’s business and economic situation.

Mrs KABWE said she is optimistic that the mission will result into widening business perspectives and deepen operations for member companies that are already operating in the country.

She further emphasized that the desired outcome is to see the mission to Zambia  translate into actual and tangible results.

The delegation will include South and East Africa President for Coca-Cola KELVIN BALOGUN; President for Diageo Africa JOHN O’KEEFE; Standard Bank Regional Chief Executive for West Africa DOMINIC BRUYNSEELS; and LarfargeHolcim Regional Head for Middle-East Africa SAAD SEBBAR.

Others are Head of Syngenta Business Development and Venture Team for Africa – Middle East (AME) PETE VEAL; Heineken President for Africa Middle East and Eastern Europe ROLAND PIRMEZ. The PIA have also indicated that additional to these, there is a possibility of a representative from Amazon to join the mission.

The PIA is a business coalition that currently brings together six-member companies with the objective of tapping into their cooperate experience in Africa to improve the business climate and contribute to the continents future with focus areas in Agriculture; Power; Employee health and safety skills; as well as job creation.

This is contained in the press statement by 

Phyllis Chilekwa

First Secretary – Press and Public Relations

Embassy of the Republic of Zambia

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Brussels, BELGIUM

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