Alexander Chikwanda, Zambia’s finance minister, Michael Gondwe, Zambia’s central Bank Governor and the Zambia Development Agency are among nominees for Africa’s top renowned awards in ‘excellence’.
The three-some, who fall under the 17 categories that include Global Investment Personality of the Year, Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals; and Investment Climate Initiative of the Year, were nominated for consideration during the prestigious event held in London, Oct. 9.
Margaret Chimanse, spokesperson for the Development Agency in a statement says ZDA had emerged one of the nominees as “Investment Agency of the Year” in the prestigious Ai Investment and Business Leader Awards 2014 during the Ai CEO Investment Summit.
She adds that the Summit held in association with the International Finance Corp. and the World Bank Group Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice in advance of the upcoming annual meetings, are the longest standing international investment awards that reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa.
The awards also recognise the institutions and individuals improving the continent’s investment climate. Other agencies in contention with ZDA include Kenya Investment Authority, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and Rwanda Development Board.
Centro de Promocao de Investmentos, Mozambique; Agence Marocaine de Development Board and Centre de Promotion des Investissements en Cote d’Ivoire, are also contenders for top awards, an elated Chimanse adds in a statement.
“We are thrilled that these prestigious international awards that recognise Africa’s business leaders and international investors investing in Africa have pronounced the ZDA as a nominee for 2014. It is an affirmation of the favourable investment climate and recognition of the hard work of the staff at the Agency in ensuring the country attracts both local and foreign direct investment.” She quipped.
Chikwanda emerged among several nominees for Finance Minister of the Year, while Gondwe, a former Preferential Trade Area (PTA) Bank Chief Executive in Kenya before joining the Lusaka-based Bank of Zambia, was picked as nominee in the Central Bank Governor of the Year category.
By Press-time, the winners were yet to be announced.