12 Dutch Investors Jet In

REPRESENTATIVES of 12 Dutch investment companies are expected to arrive in Lusaka today for the first-ever trade and investment mission to Zambia since independence in 1964.
The visit follows the mid-September successful launch of Zambia’s investment guide in The Hague, by the Zambian Mission in Brussels, Belgium, in conjunction with a delegation from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry led by former Permanent Secretary, Buleti Nsemukila.
This is contained in a statement released by Zambia’s first secretary at the Zambian Mission in Brussels Samuel Ngoma.
Some of the Dutch companies coming to explore Zambia are Remco (construction of industrial buildings), MPs Red Meat (livestock), Tradin Organic (fruit), Inter-commerce (machinery) and Multitrex (food processing).
The Dutch investors will start their exploration of Zambia in Lusaka before moving to Kitwe for business-to-business and match-making meetings.
On the Copperbelt, the delegation will, among other business lined up, tour the Chambeshi Multi-facility Economic Zone.
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Bob Sichinga is expected to officiate at the Dutch investors’ first meeting with their Zambian counterparts dubbed ‘Doing Business in Zambia’at the Southern Sun Hotel on Monday morning.
Mr Ngoma said these initiatives emanate from the Brussels Mission’s aggressive programme aimed at increasing Zambia’s visibility in The Netherlands after that country decided to cut aid to Zambia recently.
He said the Brussels mission has been working tirelessly with the Netherlands African Business Council and Southern Africa Netherlands Council to court the Dutch private sector, which has culminated into the first-ever trade mission to Zambia.