Provides references to the principal business associations, indicating which accept U.S. companies. Describes the primary roles of those associations and to what extent they influence government actions.
Last Published: 4/4/2019
American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia (AmCham): Founded in 2012, AmCham today has nearly 100 members representing various multinational corporations and local Zambian businesses.  The organization hosts several annual events and is working to increase its efforts, particularly in advocating with the government on issues critical to local business.

Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI):  ZACCI is a national body representing the interests of the private business sector in Zambia focusing on the promotion and development of trade, commerce, and industry.  Through its membership, ZACCI represents several thousand businesses in Zambia and a huge network of companies of all sizes and sectors.  ZACCI offers a range of services to its members and represents private sector interests to the government for the benefit of Zambia’s private sector as a whole.

Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM):  The ZCM was established for the purposes of promoting the interests of its members, and encouraging, protecting, and fostering the mining industry in Zambia.  The Chamber is a representative of all the major operating mines in Zambia and helps to create synergies among members and with government.  The ZCM aims to influence policy in the mining sector to reflect the vision and goals of its members as well as to promote economic growth in Zambia.

Association of Zambian Exploration Companies (AZMEC):  AZMEC provides a discussion forum and dedicated lobby group for both mineral exploration companies and mining companies engaged in mineral exploration as well as government representatives, service providers, academic institutions, and other interested parties in Zambia with the view to contributing to the growth, promotion, and sustainable development of the sector in Zambia.

Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM):  ZAM is the voice of industry, representing the interest of the entire manufacturing sector and other related economic sectors in Zambia.  ZAM was established to foster dialogue and relations between the manufacturers and government so as to increase industrial activities 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.

Zambia National Farmers UNION (ZNFU): ZNFU is a national membership based organization, with countrywide coverage, representing the agriculture industry.  Specifically ZNFU represents small and large scale farmers and agribusinesses.  The members are currently categorized into the following:

District Farmers Association
Commodity specialized associations
Corporate farming businesses
The agribusiness chamber association members
ZNFU has a robust communication network promoting members’ interests and the development of the agricultural industry.  Of all the private sector associations, ZNFU has been the most effective in influencing government policy to address the needs of its members.

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