ZDA and ZEMA sign a Service Level Agreement

The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) and the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) have signed a memorandum of understanding in their quest to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in facilitating both foreign direct investment and local direct investment.  

Speaking during the signing ceremony, ZDA Acting Director General Cecilia Nyalugwe explained that the agency has the mandate to facilitate for the economic development of the country through investment and trade promotion and facilitation of both foreign direct investment and local direct investment.

Ms. Nyalugwe added that in line with the Seventh National Development Plan whose developmental agenda is premised on industrialization and job creation, ZDA has a key role in ensuring that Government’s planned objective on job creation and industrialization is successfully achieved.

The Acting Director General noted that the private sector participation is fundamental to government’s job creation and industrialization agenda hence the importance of creating systems that are effective and efficient in facilitating investors.

“It is in the quest to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery that the ZDA has come up with an initiative to engage and enhance cooperation with our key stakeholders by way of establishing Service Level Agreements or Memorandum of Understanding,” said Ms. Nyalugwe.

She added that the initiative is also in line with the directive by His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu during his official opening of the National Assembly.


“The president emphasized the need to end the era of operating in “silos” under his administration but instead align a National Development Plan that is premised on the integrated multi– sectoral approach,” she said.

And the Zambia Environmental Management Agency Director General John Msimuko expressed gratitude to ZDA for the initiative and reiterated the call by the republican president for not working in silos as government institutions.

Mr. Msimuko acknowledged that the ZDA Act and the ZEMA Act complement each other but that there are still gaps that can only be fill by such initiatives as Service level Agreements.

The Director General committed his institution to the agreement and added that ZEMA is continuing to create awareness about its functions to both the local and foreign investors.

The ZDA has identified key institutions that are highly considered in investment promotion and facilitation process, as key stakeholders with whom to sign Serve Level Agreements with.