20th April 2020


Launch of FZCC and French Embassy Campaign to support Zambian Economy and Population during the COVID 19 crisis

Yesterday at the French Residence took place a press conference to launch the French-Zambian Chamber of Commerce & French Embassy Campaign to support Zambian Economy and Population during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first action of the campaign was a press conference to present the joint donation made by the French corporates to Zambian communities located within and outside Lusaka.

French-Zambian Chamber of Commerce and the French Embassy mobilizes 48, 820 USD in Donations of masks, hand sanitizers and medical supplies donations from French Companies in Zambia; CFAO Group, NEOEN, ENGIE Power Corner, CMA CGM, BUREAU VERITAS, AGS, RAZEL-BEC and LAFARGE.

Breakfast working session with the Provincial Minister of Luapula, March 18

On March 18th, the FZCC had the pleasure with H.E. Sylvain Berger to welcome Hon. Nickson Chilangwa, Luapula Province Minister, accompanied by his delegation (Permanent Secretary Felix Phiri, Investments Coordinator Joseph Simenda, a representative of ZDA, …).   

Around the table were some Corporate and SME representatives, who accepted the invitation to come and share views with the Minister: LAFARGE, RAZEL BEC, TOTAL, CFAO, AGS, CMA CGM, ENGIE, Supamoto. 

Hon. N. Chilangwa made a detailed and documented presentation on the Luapula Province, demonstrating its attractiveness for potential French investors, particularly in the sectors of agriculture & livestock, aquaculture & fisheries, forestry, mining, energy, transport & infrastructure, construction, tourism.

This was followed by a Q & A session and an open discussion among the attendees.

Breakfast working session on the Renewable Energy Conference, March 11

Prior to our Conference scheduled for end of May (26-27th), H.E. Sylvain Berger and the FZCC had a working session on March 11th at the Residence, with representatives of French and Zambian companies involved in renewable energy. All willing to support the event and actively participate: TOTAL, NEOEN, VIVO ENERGY, COPPERBELT ENERGY CORPORATION and EMERGING COOKING SOLUTIONS. 

LAFARGE, RAZEL BEC, ENGIE POWER CORNER & AFRICA GREENCO have also expressed their interest to sponsor the event, but could not attend the briefing.

The objective was to present the concept of this 2-day conference/seminar, give more details about the agenda and the organization in order to get feedback from prospective sponsors. 

These last few weeks, the FZCC and the Ambassador already had preparatory meetings with the Ministry of Energy. The executive team has also started to work with some of the sponsors, individually, to develop thematic discussions and contents.

Presentation of Africa – France 2020 Summit, February 18

On February 18, H.E Sylvain Berger invited members of the FZCC, French and Zambian businessmen at his Residence to attend a presentation on the “Africa-France 2020 Summit for Sustainable Cities”. This important event, scheduled in Bordeaux from June 4 to 6, should bring together African Heads of States and entrepreneurs from all over the continent around the theme: “Better cities for a better life”.

Mr. Thomas Curelli, Senior Trade Advisor for Business France in South Africa, came from Johannesburg to make the presentation which was followed by a Q & A session. This allowed the public to better understand the challenges ahead for African megalopolises.

Business Networking Cocktail, February 4

The French-Zambian Chamber of Commerce (FZCC) held its first networking cocktail of the year at the French Residence, on February 4th. Most of FZCC Members attended. This was the occasion for Mr.  Alexandre DEGRE, FZCC Executive Director, to thank everyone for their continuous support throughout 2019, and to announce some of the events scheduled for the following months in 2020:

  • February: presentation of the Africa-France 2020 Summit organized by H.E. Sylvain Berger, Ambassador of France with French and Zambian decision-makers.
  • March: breakfast-working session with the Minister of Luapula Province, Hon. Nickson Chilangwa, to motivate French companies to settle and invest more in Luapula.
  • Training sessions to be held at the request of the FZCC members, on the newly implemented “Employment Act” and on “Customer Service delivery” (organized by  FZCC consultants : Dr Sokuni and Mr. Newlove).
  • April: “Gout de France” dinner, to celebrate the French gastronomy.   
  • May: a 2-day conference on Renewable Energies in Zambia, involving both French and local companies and the main stakeholders of the energy sector. Such a conference has not been done since 2016. 

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019

The Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 celebrations took place in the beautiful gardens of the French Residence on 21 November 2019.

Sponsored by 16 French affiliated companies, the event brought a burst of art and flavours which granted guests the opportunity to enjoy the Beaujolais wine and authentic French gastronomy.

Special thanks goes out to H.E Sylvain Berger for hosting this event at his residence, and our sponsors Total ZambiaLafarge Cement ZambiaBollore Logistics -ZambiaEngie Powercorner ZambiaRazel BecVivo Energy ZambiaInterContinental LusakaParmalatCMA CGMAGS Worldwide MoversNewrestJCDecauxBureau Veritas ZambiaOrca Deco ZambiaCFAO Zambia Limited and Zamastone Quarries for making this event possible.

We partnered with various suppliers including Rooney’s Hire Zambia, for our event infrastructure supplies, InterContinental Lusaka for the catering services, Le Petit Paris for the bread, Aux Gear for the LED screens and lights, and Dinaledi Expressions for the PA system and live music.

Last but not least, thank you to all 850 of our guests who attended and made this event even bigger than it was last year.