Following a four-day UK trade mission to Zambia, British firms have indicated increased interest in exploring new trade and investment opportunities in the Zambian infrastructure, energy, and mining sectors, among others.
This latest visit was the first official trade mission visit from the UK to Zambia since a 2013 scoping mission that resulted in increased interest from UK companies to explore new Zambia investment opportunities.
According to a statement from the British High Commissioner to Zambia, James Thornton, the visit offered UK companies the chance to better understand and explore opportunities in the Zambian market and further strengthened UK-Zambia trade relations with numerous meetings held between senior figures across the Zambian public and private sector.
UK firms participating in the trade mission included: British Expertise, Adam Smith International, IT Transport (ITT) Ltd, WYG, Ecorys UK Ltd, Elantra Investment Ltd, Wagtech Africa LTD, Turner and Townsend PLC, Gapuma Group, IMC Worldwide Limited, Roughton Group, Aggreko, and Campbell Reith.
The program included meetings between the above firms and representatives from the following Zambian agencies and companies: the Zambia Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication; the Zambia Roads Development Agency (RDA); Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL); Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO); the Zambia Ministry of Finance; the Zambia Ministry of Health; the Zambia Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection; the Zambia Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development; the Zambia Development Agency (ZDC); the Zambian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the World Bank and African Development Bank; and representatives from the country’s major mining companies.