ABE meets Zambia's leaders to discuss major skills development and capacity building projects
This June saw a positive and productive few days for ABE Zambia. We launched with a high profile corporate event, dignitaries in attendance included representatives from the Ministry for Trade, Industry and Commerce. Next we met His Excellency Rupiah Banda, the 4th President of Zambia (pictured signing left), and His Excellency Kenneth Kaunda, leader of the Zambian independence movement, first President of Zambia, and 'Father of the Nation' (pictured above). At 95 years of age he is still passionate about the need for all Zambians to be able to access high quality education and develop skills to global standards.
Both former Presidents spoke of the need to foster sustainable entrepreneurship in Zambia, and both fully endorse what ABE is doing and will be doing to support skills development and young entrepreneurs in the country.
We were also honoured to meet with the Vice President of Zambia, The Honourable Inonge Wina, and her staff. We discussed the skills gaps and human capital challenges facing the country as it continues to move towards achieving a stronger economic position in the global economy. The Vice President was clear that upgrading skills in key sectors to international standards will be an important driver for Zambia to deliver on macro-economic goals. We discussed ways that ABE can potentially support the Zambian Civil Service, providing solutions to raise standards across the public sector workforce nationally.
Finally, we were delighted to sign an agreement with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research Zambia (CIDRZ), one of the leading providers of training to NGO’s in Zambia. ABE will be endorsing their innovative programme in Organisational Behaviour, providing external validation, quality assurance and recognised credentials. With so many innovative initiatives and commitment to skills development at the highest level, these are exciting times for Zambia and ABE is proud to be playing a role in the country's future development.
Attending the meetings from ABE were Steve Smith, deputy CEO, Steven Raelly head of ABE Zambia and Gareth Ffoulkes-Morris regional director ABE Africa.