EUZBC holds a ‘Meet and Greet’ Event – 28 March 2019
On 28 March 2019, the EUZBC held a ”Meet & Greet” cocktail event to kick start the beginning of a new year. The cocktail was a great opportunity for networking purposes amongst the members and an opportunity to take stock of EUZBC achievements in the past year (2018). The Guest of Honour was Honourable Christopher B. Yaluma, the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI).
In his key note speech, Honourable Yaluma assured that the Government was working tirelessly to put in place robust policies to firmly support the growth of the business industry in Zambia. Hence it always sought to enthusiastically engage with the private sector such as the EUZBC as essential key stakeholders in the processing of improving the business environment. The Minister informed that his Ministry was vigorously working hard to ensure a proportionate improvement in the value of Zambia’s exports and as such he challenged the EU Zambia Business Club to justly live to its aspirations of increasing trade and investments between the European Union and Zambia.
In his remarks, the EUZBC Club President, Mr Henk Mulder highlighted that since its official inception in 2016, the EUZBC had strived to be the voice of the private sector on many policy issues guided by the underlying principles of contributing towards further improving the business environment in Zambia; promoting our business values, ethics and common interests; promoting Zambia as an investment destination with a view to increase Foreign Direct Investment in the country; and ultimately doing more business, which is in everybody’s interest. He indicated his satisfaction of the club’s successful engagements with Government on several issues relating to Skills Development, Work Permits and Public procurement, among others. He highlighted the club’s important role in providing input into the political dialogue meetings between the European Union, EU Member States and the Zambian government on critical topics that affect the private sector such as land policy and work permits.
During the event, board members also presented some of the follow up work that has been carried through sub committees of the club on Work permits, Procurements, Membership and Communication and Visibility.
The event also provided an opportunity for members to give their reflections, feedback and suggestions on how we can improve the club going forward.