Includes how major projects are financed and gives examples where relevant. Explains activities of the multilateral development banks in and other aid-funded projects where procurement is open to U.S. bidders.
Last Published: 11/21/2017

The availability of project financing, particularly for export-oriented projects, is improving.  Besides bilateral and multilateral government agencies, commercial banks and venture capital funds are playing an increasing role.  Both the U.S. and European Union (EU) have established enterprise development funds, which can be accessed for projects in Zambia.
U.S. enterprise development funds include the Southern African Enterprise Development Fund and the United States African Development Foundation.  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) both offer financial assistance for projects in Zambia.
There are no restrictions for U.S. companies to participate in bids and tenders floated by the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) and funded by the international institutions such as the World Bank, African Development Bank and others.  After selection of a successful bidder, the relevant government ministry will supervise the project while payments are made from the financing institution.  However, channels for remittance of project funds will differ according to the financing institution.
United States African Development Foundation
Multilateral Development Banks:
U.S. Commercial Service Liaison Offices at the Multilateral Development Banks (African Development Bank, World Bank)
The Commercial Service maintains Commercial Liaison Offices in each of the main Multilateral Development Banks, including the African Development Bank and the World Bank.  These institutions lend billions of dollars in developing countries on projects aimed at accelerating economic growth and social development by reducing poverty and inequality, improving health and education, and advancing infrastructure development.  The Commercial Liaison Offices help American businesses learn how to get involved in bank-funded projects, and advocate on behalf of American bidders.  Learn more by contacting the Commercial Liaison Offices to the African Development Bank and the World Bank.
Web Resources
Commercial Liaison Office to the African Development Bank
Commercial Liaison Office to the World Bank
Zambia is a member of the multilateral development banks including the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  Zambia continues to access finance from the World Bank and the AfDB.


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