Lusaka, Thursday, 24th November 2016: The COMESA Business Council willÂ hold its 10th Annual General Meeting, Friday 25th November 2016. The meeting Â will bring together the CBC membership, apex private and the public sector stakeholders from the 19Â COMESA countries andÂ development partners including the USAID.
Among the key items in the agenda of the meeting is theÂ validationÂ of the major achievement of the CBCÂ during the period 2015-2016 as well as charting the road-map forÂ 2017. Â The AGM will be preceded by the election and installation of a new board a day before.
In addition, an award ceremony to recognized buyers thatÂ promote local sourcing in the region will be conducted. This is part of the CBC's Local Sourcing for Partnerships Project. Among the companies that will be awarded include the two hotels in Zambia â€“ Taj Pamodzi Hotel and the Protea Hotel and BRALIRWA Breweries Limited of Rwanda. The meeting will be sponsored by USAID and Taj Pamodzi Hotel. The outcomes of the meeting will be streamlined in a post-meeting report.
Speaking ahead of the AGM the CBC Chairperson Dr. Amany Asfour said, â€œThis has been a very important year for CBC, one in which we have gone to great lengths to ensure the inclusive participation of the private sector with regional integration agenda. This has been done through the engagement of strategic partnerships to develop tailor-made solutions to respond to our membersâ€™ needs and promote a competitive industrial outfit for the region.â€