Lualua receives Ndola Chamber of Commerce 2019 award

The Ndola District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NDCCI) held their second annual awards gala on Saturday 9th November 2019 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. This year’s theme “stronger together” placed emphasis on the Zambian people coming together to improve the region’s economic outlook for the future, and not rely on foreign investors to do the work.

Ndola Chamber of Commerce and Industry President John Samaras highlighted this in his speech. “Studies reveal that our population will double by the end of year 2030. Let us create jobs for our children,” he said. “I also ask that we stop looking for external investment and that we invest in the Zambian people because we are able. We just need the support and policy to emphasise our ability. Each of us in this room has a role to play in the economic growth of Ndola. And we need to strive harder each day to keep Ndola the best city in the hub of Zambia.”

NDCCI President John Samaras addresses the attendees of the 2nd Annual Awards Gala

NDCCI President John Samaras addresses the attendees of the 2nd Annual Awards Gala

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.”

Deputy Secretary to Cabinet (Finance and Economic Development) Christopher Mvunga at the NDCCI Awards 2019

Deputy Secretary to Cabinet (Finance and Economic Development) Christopher Mvunga at the NDCCI Awards 2019

The event was also attended by Copperbelt Permanent Secretary, Honourable Bright Nundwe who spoke of upcoming investments in the region. “Where we are now, we have received a series of investors that are coming on board. We don’t want to blow the trumpet but I’m pretty certain, when everything is in place, we are going to announce to the nation what these investors are intending to do in this very important province.”

Lualua was honoured to receive the ‘Most Committed Member of the Year’ award 2019. While Afrox Zambia Ltd scooped the ‘Company of the Year’ award. And Ndola’s local radio station, Sun FM, received the ‘Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year’ award.

Lualua receives Ndola Chamber of Commerce ‘Most Committed Member 2019’ award

Lualua receives ‘Most Committed Member 2019’ award. From left: Copperbelt Permanent Secretary, Honourable Bright Nundwe; NDCCI President John Samaras; Lualua General Manager, Robin Young; Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, Mr Christopher Mvunga; and Lualua Finance Director Yvonne Young.

Sunshine Millers owner Gomeli Litana received the ‘Entrepreneur (Startup) of the Year’ award with Voyagers Zambia owner Marion Gatchell receiving the ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. Other honourees included VS Cargo for ‘Best Service Provider’ and Unity Group for ‘Best Manufacturer’.

ZANIS (Zambia News & Information Service) and Times of Zambia receiving recognition of the contribution they have played in raising awareness of the private sector in Zambia’s economy.

Congratulations to all the winners. And a big thank you to the NDCCI, members and honoured guests for the wonderful event. #strongertogether