FINANCE Minister Alexander Chikwanda and Bank of Zambia (BoZ) governor Michael Gondwe have been nominated for the ‘Investment and Business Leader Awards 2014’ by African Investor (Ai) taking place in Washington DC, United States.
Mr Chikwanda has been nominated as Finance Minister of the year, while Dr Gondwe is the nominee in the Central Bank Governor of the year category.
This is the second time that Mr Chikwanda and Dr Gondwe are being nominated in the Ai chief executive officer Investment Summit.
The two were also nominated in the same categories last year.
And the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has also been nominated for the “Investment Agency of the Year” in the prestigious Ai Investment Business Leader Awards, while founder of Java Foods Monica Musonda was nominated in the Africa’s Leading Women in Business.
The prestigious Awards were the longest standing international investment awards that rewarded exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa, and recognised the institutions and individuals improving the continent’s investment climate.
Ai is the leading international investment and communications group.
ZDA communications and public relations manager Margaret Chimanse announced the nominations in a statement in Lusaka yesterday.
Commenting on the ZDA’s nomination, Ms Chimanse said the agency was delighted to have been nominated for this year’s awards.
“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 said.
The Summit was being held in association with the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) and the World Bank Group Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice in advance of the upcoming annual meetings.
The agencies that had been listed in the category along with the ZDA were the Kenya Investment Authority, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and Rwanda Development Board.
Others were Centro de Promocao de Investmentos,
Mozambique, Agence Marocaine de Development Board and Centre de Promtion des Investissements of Cote d’Ivoire.
There were 17 categories all together including the Global Investment Personality of the Year, Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals; and Investment Climate Initiative of the Year.
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