Mr Samaras also called on the Zambian government for their support of local investment. “Let us continue to demonstrate vision, courage and ambition to better build our businesses, our chamber and the economy as a whole,” he said. “We are the foundation and we are the future. We are the centre of a diversified country and need to strive to make Ndola the hub of business as it once was.”
Deputy Secretary to Cabinet (Finance and Economic Development) Christopher Mvunga represented Finance Minister Bwalya Ng’andu at the event. He emphasised government’s role in enabling businesses to thrive. “Government remains committed to providing and enabling policy and regulatory environments. In return we encourage the private sector to increase investments in growth-oriented sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, mining, financial services and alternative energy,” he said.
He went on to add, “I’m also aware that liquidity conditions in the market have been very tight, creating challenges for businesses and the broader economy. We have taken note of these concerns. And government is addressing them with the urgency they deserve in order to restore fiscal fitness of our economy.”