On 6th April, 2022, Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia held the launch ceremony in Lusaka. The Minister of Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industrty Hon. Chipoka Mulenga represented Republic of Zambia Vice President Mrs Mutale Nalumango, the Charge d’ Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Zambia Mr. Lai Bo, The Minister of Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development, Hon. Paul C. C Kabuswe, the Minister of Information and Media of Zambia, Chief Government Spokesperson Hon. Chushi Kasanda, Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Elias Mubanga, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture Hon. Green Mbozi, the Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Danny Mfune, Mayor of Lusaka Her Worship Chilando Chitangala, the President of Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zambia Association of Manufacturers Mr. Ashu Sagar, the President of Zambia French Chamber of Commerce Mrs. Harriet Mdala, the President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia, President of Zambia Council for Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification of China, Chairman of CAMCO Group Mr. Li Tie, Council Member, Supervisory Board Member, Member units of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia and media representatives participated in the launch.
(The Minister of Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industrty Hon. Chipoka Mulenga delivered a speech on behalf of the Vice President)
The Minister of Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industrty Hon. Chipoka Mulenga said that the traditional friendship between Zambia has a long history and both sides will continue to deepen cooperation. Hon. Mulenga said the establishment of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia is conducive to enhancing the communication and exchanges between Zambian business associations and Chinese business associations to promote the development of Zambia trade and investment. He went on to say that the government will fully support the development of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and expect the Chamber to attract more companies from China to invest in Zambia and increase local employment opportunities.
(Mr. Lai Bo, Charge d’ Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Zambia delivered a speech)
Mr. Lai Bo, Charge d’ Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, said that Zambia is the first Southern African country to establish diplomatic relations with China, and China is the all-weather friend of Zambia. The Zambia-China relations are a model of friendship and South-South cooperation. Zambia encourages companies from the China to invest in Zambia and provides them with a stable business environment and preferential tax policies. “It is believed that the Chamber can provide comprehensive services for enterprise members in Zambia, increase the cohesion and influence of enterprises in Zambia, and promote economic and trade of non-governmental organizations in Zambia” Mr Lai Bo said in conclusion.
(Mr. Li Tie, Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia and Chairman of CAMCO Group , delivered a speech)
Mr. Li Tie, President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia and Chairman of CAMCO Group said that Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia is a national, non-profit organization voluntarily formed by enterprises, groups and individuals from China engaged in economic and trade investment cooperation in Zambia. Mr Li said the association obtained the registration certificate on January 26, 2022. Mr Li emphasized that the Chamber of Commerce aims to unite and lead its members, build a platform for communication between enterprises and the government, and among enterprises. He said that the association aims to promote the sustainable development of Chinese private enterprises in Zambia. “We expect to extensive cooperation with local governments, business associations and enterprises to promote sustainable and inclusive development of enterprises and contribute to local economic and social development’ Mr Li said.
(The president of Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zambia Association of Manufacturers Mr. Ashu Sagar, delivered a speech)
Mr. Huang Jibo, executive vice president of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia, said that private enterprises from China have been developing in Zambia for more than 20 years, and the business covers mining, manufacturing, commerce, agriculture, tourism, etc. During operation private enterprises have encountered challenges such as poor communication with the government and lack of communication and understanding with industry operators. Mr Huang Jibo said the establishment of the Chamber of Commerce has built a platform for communication and exchange. He went on to thank the enthusiastic participation of more than 100 member companies, and more than 40 companies from all over the world.
(Speech by Mr. Huang Jibo, Executive Vice President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Zambia)
(Ms. Harriet Mdala, The President of French Zambian Chamber of Commerce delivered a speech)
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ms. Doris Chibombe, Board Chairperson of Zambia Tourism Agency Ms. Tecla Ngwenya, Chief of Business Development and Funding, Zambia Chamber of Small & Medium Business Association Mr. Nelson Nyangu, Zambia Development Agency Acting Director Albert Halwampa, Zambia Rural Electricity Authority and Engineering Institute of Zambia CEO Liunus Chanda, Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone Managing Director Mr. Kennedy Mwila, Public Service Micro Finance Company CEO Mr. Mubanga Mwiko, the President of Tourism Council of Zambia Mr.Victor Inambwae, the president of Zambia Chamber of Mines Mr. Sokwani Chilembo, Zambia-China Friendship Association Secretary General Mr. Fredrick Mutesa, Zambia Farmers Union Executive Director Mr. Ellah Chewe, Vice President of Lusaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Gideon Chibuye, Executive President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Zambia Mr. John Paton, Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia Mr. Mafipe Chunga, and others Representatives of departments and business associations attended the meeting to congratulate and participate in the activities.
The President of Jiangxi Chamber of Commerce in Zambia Mr. Huang Xianggao, President of Chinese Chuanyu Native Association In Zambia Ms. Xu Qiong, Executive Vice President of Chinese Jiangxi Natives Association in Zambia Mr. Huang Jianhua, North Eastern Chiese Association of Zambia Mr. Li Gang, Secretary General of China Fujian Overseas Association In Zambia Mr. Zhuang Zongbiao, Zhe Jiang Chamber of Commerce in Zambia Mr. Liu Danhan, the Executive Secretary of Jiujiang Association (Chamber of Commerce) in Southern Africa Mr. Chi Yingying, President of Zambia Chinese Wushu Association and Pingxiang Sodality in Zambia Mr. Li Rusong, representative of Sino Zambia Golf Association, etc. Representatives of chamber of commerce and associations of natives attended the meeting to congratulate and participate in the event.
General Manager of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (Zambia) Limited Mr. Ding Jianwei, ,General Manager of China Railway Construction Engineering Group Co, Ltd Mr. Bai Haochen, General Manager of Sinohydro Bureau 5, Mr. Yue Zhiwei, Deputy General Manager of Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd. Mr. Li Zhuo, Group General Manager of China Geo-Engineering Corp Mr. Li Yue, General Manager of Chilanga Cement Mr. Chai Jianping and other representatives of state-owned enterprises were invited to participate in the event.
Jiangxi Chamber of Commerce in Zmabia, Chinese Jiangxi Natives Association in Zambia, North Eastern Chiese Association of Zambia, Jiujiang Association (Chamber of Commerce) in Southern Africa, Zambia Chinese Wushu Association, Pingxiang Sodality in Zambia,Sino Zambia Golf Association sent tablet to the Chamber of Commerce.
After the ceremony, the minister of Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industrty Hon. Chipoka Mulenga, the minister of Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development Hon.Paul Kabuswe, the Minister of Information and Media of Zambia, Chief Government Spokesperson Hon. Chushi Kasanda, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture Hon. Green Mbozi and Mayor of Lusaka Hon. Chilando Chitangala, visited the stands and product of the member units, and spoke highly of the investment in Zambia manufacturing by companies from China!