ZDA Acting Director General Matongo Matamwandi and CIGR Executive Director Mark Lutter

BUUMBA CHIMBULU writes
ZAMBIA Development Agency (ZDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for Innovative Governance and Research (CIGR) to increase competitiveness and investor friendly practices in the multi-facility economic zones.
ZDA Acting Director General, Matongo Matamwandi, said the cooperation aimed at transforming the agency’s internal systems and procedures to create an investor and export friendly climate in the Zones, Industrial Parks and Farm Blocks in Zambia.
Mr Matamwandi explained that the MoU was also meant with a view to increase investor practices benchmarked on charter city best practices and building capacity in areas under the scope of ZDA in Zambia.
“The MOU marks an important milestone in the promotion of the zones which should have quality investments that deliver the much required skills, technologies and capital which add value to the countries natural resources which transforms the economy,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He explained that ZDA looked forward to sharing knowledge on key aspects regarding global investment trends and governance.
Mr Matamwandi said the agency was sure the capacity building programmes would yield the necessary results for both parties and the national as a whole.
CIGR Executive Director, Mark Lutter, explained that his team had global experience transforming and enhancing administrative and management practices in city developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Mr Lutter said that CIGR’s objective was to work with ZDA to develop robust and competitive business practices benchmarked on Charter City standards making Zambia the preferred investment destination of choice.

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