…stage is set for EAZ event
Dr Lubinda Habazoka, the president of the Economic Association of Zambia on Wednesday evening said the stage is set for the start of the biggest business event on the Zambian calendar in Livingstone running from 25th to 26th July.
“We have received an overwhelming number of participants starting from bank and business leaders including diplomats who are attending this event and we are happy with the turn out,” said Dr Habazoka.
He was speaking before a packed group of business partners at the Avani in Livingstone on the same grounds as the prestigious Royal Livingstone where the top-rated event is taking place.
The EAZ President took time to tout EAZ credentials which included leaders that had been at the helm such as the current Minister of Finance Dr Bwalya Ngandu and others.
Dr Habazoka said plans were already on cards to prepare for the next event that shall be held in Livingstone again next year but this time in April instead of July.
He said President Edgar Lungu’s support has been overwhelming and it has encouraged regional leaders to be present at the most coveted event in Zambia in recent history.
The main idea behind the event that has attracted Presidents and CEOs is to show case Zambia as a fertile destination for investment in the regional as Zambia views for its fair share.
Zambia is known for its undisrupted peace and stability that often is seen as a great ingredient for long term investment and Dr Habazoka said his association shall continue casting Zambia as the place to invest in.
Among diplomats attending the event from Zambian missions abroad are Ambassador of Zambia to Germany H.E Anthony Mukwita, H.E Emmanuel Mwamba from Ethiopia and others.
By Wednesday evening the event had recorded the arrivals of Deputy Governor Operations Dr Frank Chipimo and others such as Zambia Revenue Authority Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda.
Dr Habazoka also urged the Zambia to ‘take it easy on austerity’ because austerity stifles economic growth.
“We need business to spend in order to circulate money in the economy and keep the economic engine running,” said Dr Habazoka.