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UK specialists to offer Zambia Public Private Partnership Training

Acting British High Commissioner, Sean Melbourne, has spoken about the Public Private Partnership training on 27 July 2015. He said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this important seminar which should contribute to Zambia’s economic development. The British government is keen to promote UK-Zambia trade for the benefit of both countries and to share its expertise in the development and successful implementation of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

“We are inviting experts from the UK as well as participants from around Zambia to hear about our experience with PPPs, and indeed the Zambian experience, and to see where there are lessons to be learnt. There are, in Zambia, good prospects for a number of projects using the PPP model. Zambia needs to continually look for alternative sources of funding for infrastructure development in order to spur its economic development.”

He said the pressing need for infrastructure development and services across the African continent is increasingly focussing attention on the use of PPP models to secure investment and expertise.

Mr Melbourne said successful PPPs require a robust legal and regulatory framework, risk profiles and a realistic understanding of the market.

This seminar, which is sponsored by the UK Government’s ‘Prosperity Fund’ has been designed in collaboration with British Expertise International and the British Law Society.
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Further details

  1. The seminar will take place in Lusaka at the Intercontinental Hotel on Monday 27th July 2015. The programme will provide attendees with a firm understanding of what is required to design and implement effective PPP projects. The training programme was put together by some of the most experienced practitioners in the world. A British Company, Mott MacDonald has been invited to facilitate discussion and suggest lessons that can be learned from past projects.

  2. The session will be formally opened by the Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe MP, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry.

  3. The training will be attended by leading professionals in both the public and private sectors

  4. British Expertise is one of the leading UK membership organisations for British companies offering professional services internationally. Their members range from large corporations and global consultancies to specialist firms. British Expertise introduces members to key British and international contacts, identifies potential partners and clients, offers market intelligence and training, and serves as a hub for the UK international consultancy sector. British Expertise members are engaged in major PPP projects across the globe.

  5. The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. It works to reduce barriers facing UK solicitors entering and working in overseas markets, and establishes and maintains links with international counterparts. The international department provides practical support, training, information and advice to law firms and legal professionals working abroad, or exploring international opportunities. Moreover, it works to raise awareness of the UK legal industry’s contribution to the global marketplace and to promote the expertise of its members across all regions, sectors and practice areas.

  6. The Trainer, Malcolm Dowden, is a solicitor and the lead training consultant for the Law Society’s International Lawyer’s Training Programme (ILTP). He has broad experience of commercial, environmental and international regulatory work, including both contractual and legislative drafting. He is regularly engaged by conference and training organisations both in the UK and internationally to design and deliver full programmes or standalone seminars and workshops.

  7. Further information: contact Matimba Changala, Senior Prosperity Officer on +260 211 423200 or Matimba.Changala@fco.gov.uk