British Billionaire and Founder of Virgin Airlines, Richard Branson says he will consider introducing a direct flight from UK to Zambia if the route is viable.
Speaking with the media in Lusaka Friday morning, Sir. Branson says he has been approached so far after touching down in Zambia regarding the possibility of servicing the route.
He says he will sit down with his team and look at the feasibility servicing the Lusaka route.
Meanwhile Sir Branson who is Britain’s 7th Richest person according to Forbes’ 2014 list of Billionaires says Zambia has massive investment opportunities which need to be tapped by Zambians and not foreigners.
He cites the availability of enough sunlight as an opportunity for investing in clean energy because solar is much cheaper than coal.
Sir Branson says clean energy solutions will save the country a lot of money from importing oil for generation of power.
He has also observed that africa is growing at a faster rate than Europe and America .
He said African governments have realized the importance of having thousands of entrepreneurs to drive the economy.
Sir Branson has also revealed that through Virgin Group’s space programs he will put up large amounts of satellites to provide internet and telecom services in rural parts of Africa.
Virgin Group comprises 400 companies and Sir. Branson who has since left Zambia has estimated network of 4.9 billion dollars.
He was in the country to attend the first ever Pangaea Securities’ Zambia Investment Conference organised in partnership with Zambia Development Agency running under the theme “Entrepreneurship with a Global Reach.”
He also had a closed door meeting with Acting President Guy Scott on the sidelines of the conference in Lusaka.