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Zambia and Italy, forging links and collaboration

H.E. President Hakainde Hichilema was in Rome at the Italy-Zambia Business Dialogue in late November, which greenCrowd was fortunate to attend. The key takeaways from the President's panel were:

1. Massimo Dal Dal Checco, President of Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo, emphasised Italy's long-standing trade history and its credibility in fostering competitive growth and mutual development opportunities. He stressed the importance of leveraging this heritage to deepen business ties. 🌍🤝 Did you know Fiat used to have a factory in Zambia?

2. Hon. Chipoka Mulenga, Minister of Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry highlighted the need to advance bilateral relationships, focusing on sectors like business, tourism, and mining. He stressed the importance of partnerships arising from this meeting for strategic joint ventures. 💼🌐

3. Ambassador to Lusaka Enrico de Agostini noted the significance of the President's presence and Italy's interest in the Zambian market. Mentioned Italy's commitment to contributing expertise in various sectors, underlined by the Mattei Piano/Plan. 🇮🇹🇿🇲

4. H.E. President Hakainde Hichilema invited delegates, emphasising the need for global unity in trade and investment. Globalisation has made barriers a fiction of people's imagination; we are one international community now and must work together. He highlighted the importance of digitisation, climate change action, and the potential for joint ventures in renewable energy and technology sectors. JVs are sought and very much encouraged. He also noted Zambia's efforts to reduce red tape and foster public-private partnerships. Italy, with capital and technology, is a welcome partner 👏🌍 His presentation was complimented by detailed presentations with investment opportunities from Anthony Kabaghe, President of Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Albert Halwampa, Director General Zambia Development Agency... before closing a passing mention to Italy's culinary sector with a delicious lunch 🍕🍝

The day underscored Italy and Zambia's growing economic and trade potential, focusing on collaborative growth, investment opportunities, and strategic partnerships. 🚀🌏💰

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