Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. It has a total area of 752 618 square kilometres and an estimated population of 14 million persons.
Zambia is a member of the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Its economic profile is summarized below: Zambia has been cited as one of the fastest growing economies in the region. This has resulted in substantial growth and movement from a least developed country to a low middle income country. Manufacturing contributes to about 12% GDP whilst agriculture stands at 18% GDP. The services sector is the key contributor amounting to approximately 64% GDP but the mining sector accounts for the largest share of export earnings with copper accounting for more than half of the exports. Other key exports include agriculture products; sugar, tobacco and cotton.
The Private sector is represented by the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Zambia Association of Manufacturers.
The Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the leading private sector organization in Zambia. Through its membership it represents several thousands of businesses in the country and represents a huge network of companies of all sizes and sectors. ZACCI offers a range of services to its members and represents private sector interests towards the government for the benefit of Zambia’s private sector in a whole.
Zambia Association Of Manufacturers (ZAM), a registered organization in the Republic of Zambia, is a business association which represents the interests of the entire manufacturing sector and other related economic and/or production sectors in Zambia.It was established in 1985 with the view to foster dialogue and relations between the Manufacturers and the Government so as to increase industrial intensity in Zambia. ZAM's major objective is to promote the manufacturing sector through policy advocacy, dialogue, lobbying and technology upgrading of the production process as a way of improving productivity and competitiveness in the industry.
Private Sector Participation
- Zambia Association of Manufacturers Association www.zam.co.zm
- Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry www.zambiachamber.org
- Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Associations www.zcsmba.org
- Zambia National Farmers Union www.znfu.org.zm
- Zambia Federation of Associations of Women in Business
- Small Scale Industries Association of Zambia
- Eastern and Southern Africa Agribusiness Network www.esaanet.com
- Zambia Business Forum
- Zambia Export Growers Association
- Bankers Association of Zambia www.baz.org.zm