Delegation showcases Zambia at Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit

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The Zambian delegation successfully participated and showcased Zambia at the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) that took place from 24-26 June, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

ATIGS' aim is to promote foreign direct investment (FDI) to African countries. The theme for the 2018 summit was "Driving Trade, Unleashing Investment and Enhancing Economic Development: the Gateway to African Markets." The ATIGS objectives are aligned with two of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals.

The Zambian delegation was led by Hon. Sebastian Kopulande, CEO of the Zambia International Trade and Investment Center (ZITIC). Other prominent participants were, Lieutenant General Nathan Mulenga (ZNS), Mr. Elias Kananga (P.S. Northern Province). The delegation also included six town clerks, ERB officials, First Secretary (Trade) and First Secretary (Tourism) from the Zambian embassy in Washington, D.C. and private sector representatives. The delegation successfully marketed Zambia and has received a number of inquiries from the U.S., Canada, Qatar and other countries.

The town clerks represented their respective cities, considering that, with decentralization policy, local councils should take the lead in selling investment opportunities. During the summit, focus was also on the Northern Circuit of Zambia, which has a lot of potential. The message about the forthcoming Northern Province Investment Expo, scheduled for 20-25 November, 2018, was conveyed to potential investors.