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Zambian startup Mangwee launches payments platform

Zambian fintech startup Mangwee has launched its payments platform, which allows users to easily make domestic money transfers and will soon move into international remittances. Launched in May after being issued with a designation licence by the Bank of Zambia, Mangwee provides a range of services including online payment gateways, bill payments, and mobile money services. The early-stage startup will also soon allow digital termination of international money transfers and cross-border remittances after finalising strategic partnerships with other companies operating in different African countries. Co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) Bwalya Kampamba said Mangwee – which was formed as a company last year – was operating in a country where over 40 per cent of Zambians were excluded from the formal financial sector. “Mangwee was developed for the unbanked to provide them with a quality payment system that is secure and affordable,” he said. Zambia already has a number of play…

Zambia records improvement in business transactions

The Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) says the country has recorded an improved business environment in the last six months. 
ZACCI President Michael Nyirenda attributed the continued improvement in business to rising copper prices on the international market as well as an increased injection of liquidity on the local market. 
Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr Nyirenda said that ZACCI had sampled over 200 of its members from all sectors of the economy across the country and all indicated that their business trading environment had improved. 
According to the ZACCI business confidence index, business in the first quarter of 2018 suffered from the cholera outbreak, and stiff competition from imported goods. However business has substantially increased by 44.2 points rising from 124.3 points to 168.5 points due to favourable copper prices and increased liquidity injection in the economy. Mr Nyirenda praised government for reducing the lending policy rate an…

Zambia should focus on growing the economy from own resources

Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says the austerity reforms which Government plans to embark on should not focus on foreign saviours but growing the economy from own resources.


Speaking to the press in Kitwe this morning on the planned trip by ministers and other government officials to China to renegotiate Chinese loans, Mr. Sinkamba said the move is good except the timing is wrong and therefore is unlikely to yield desirable results. He cited the on-going trade wars between China and the US which in the short to long-term appears to be hurting the Chinese economy seriously, and may increase as the war escalates. “The tariffs so far imposed account for about 0.1% of the global GDP. This is a massive loss on either side. Both sides are grieving. I am sure either side must be busy trying to search elsewhere in the world where they could generate money to fill up the void created by the trade war. To make matters worse, the tit-for-tat trade war is unrelenting and escalating because…

Government is alarmed with financial and economic crimes in Zambia - AG

Mr. Kalaluka who is also Anti – Money laundering Authority Chairperson believes that the formation of Inter- Agency task forces could help increase the ability to effectively fight Financial crimes that include, corruption, bribery drug trafficking , tax invasion and money laundering among others. 

The Attorney General was speaking in Lusaka today when he launched the 2017, Money laundering and Terrorism Financing Trends Report.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Kalaluka charged that Government has on its part provided the legal and institution framework in which those charged with responsibilities of fighting financial crimes could carry out their mandate.

Mr. Kalaluka has since urged stakeholders that include all law enforcement agencies to re-strategize their approach to fighting financial crimes in the country in line with the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).

And Acting Financial Intelligence Centre Board Chairperson John Kasanga said the report aims to assist stakeholders understa…

What is Top Zed Brands About?

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For a while now, you and some curious bodies have asked these questions. So, with this short blog post, I hope I can remove the cobwebs and set you on the path to everlasting knowledge and light. Hopefully, you grasp what this project is about.
#TopZedBrands was born on social media via a weekly chat on Twitter known as 'Insaka Chat'. Where a wide range of social issues relating to Zambia are discussed. That was in 2013. To day we have a modest following on our twitter (@TopZedBrands) and Facebook accounts. Check out our twitter handle and interact with us. We are keen to know your views re quality Zambian products and services.
We have been around for four years now. By now we hope you know or at least have an idea who we are. If not please take a few minuets to have a look at  our 1,2,3...
1. #TopZedBrands Background
Explains to you, where we came from, what and who we are. Where we hope to go.
2. In simple terms we want to promote quality Zambian brands (for free).
Tells you exac…

Women in Business - Zambia

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Are you keen to see women thrive and excel in business? Not sure, which Zambian companies are run and owned by women in Zambia? See the list below. Explore, the goods and services that you can buy , while you support Zambian Women in Business



1. Monica Musonda - Manager and CEO of JAVA Foods





2. Towani Clark - Owner/Founder of Kutowa Designs





3. Kaajal.C.Vaghela - Owner and DesignerKC VAGHELA Brand




4. Kamanga Wear - Clothing Brand (see more at http://kamanga.fwika.com/

5. Namala Liebenthal - ZOCADANCE.COM 





6. ShopZed.com









7. Mafashio



8. ZedHair.com




Top Zed Brands 2014 Winner

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Is Belleza Models






Who was picked from your nominations and votes via our Nomination and Voting Tool/Form* on Social Media. Belleza Models recived the most nominations under the fashion ccategory 

We got more participants (during nominations and voting) this year than in 2013. We are grateful for your continued support, publicly and privately. This project is for you and yours. We need to think beyond Zambia, when it comes to our products and services in all industries. We hope companies and business consider the impact of a social media powered ranking of the Top '10' Zambian Brands as a positive step in the right direction. 

Social Media is increasingly important in todays business industry. A strong brand, that is easily recognized has become even more important. The company that successfully uses these tools is most likely to have a wider reach. 

So, for the 2014 edition of Top Zed Brands the runners up for Top Zed Brands 2014, who each represent a different category, from Ag…

10 reasons why you should BUY quality LOCAL products & services

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1.      WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS JOB CREATION IN ZAMBIA. LOCAL COMPANIES, PRODUCING LOCALLY, NEED STAFF TO MANUFACTURE THEIR PRODUCTS AND THIS IN TURN IMPACTS ON SALES AND DISTRIBUTION. JUST ONE OF THE AREAS THAT IS MOST LIKELY LEADS TO JOBS.
2. WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS JOB RETENTION IN ZAMBIA. ALL THE SKILLED LABOUR, THAT IS NEEDED TO GET A LOCAL BIZ OFF THE GROUND AND UP AND RUNNING COMES FROM OUR LOCAL COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER INFORMAL LEARNING INSTITUTIONS (SKOOL OF LIFE). THIS SOURCE OF SKILLED LABOUR HELPS TO KEEP TALENT ENGAGED AND INVOLVED IN THE LOCAL JOB MARKET INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR GREENER PASTURE OVERSEAS/ABROAD.
3.      WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU HELP PROTECT ZAMBIA'S REVENUE BASE. THE COMPANIES AND ITS STAFF CONTRIBUTE TAXES. THEY LATER SALE THESE PRODUCTS LOCALLY AND IN SOME CASES INTERNATIONALLY.
4.      WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS POVERTY REDUCTION IN ZAMBIA. VIA THE MANY JOBS THAT ARE CREATED BY THE LOCAL COMP…

Trade Kings voted among Africa’s most admired brands

Zambia’s largest consumer goods (FMCG) company Trade Kings has been ranked No 49 on the list of Africa’s 100 most admired brands.
Trade Kings has largest media spend in Zambia. The ranking is based on the Top 100 best brands in Africa from Brand Africa’s 6th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands based on a survey among consumers 18 years and older, conducted in 23 countries across Africa. The countries, representing all African economic regions, collectively account for 75% of the population and the 74% of the GDP of Africa. Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, ranked No6 on the list, up from No9 in 2016/17; food giant Tiger Brands ranked 32, Shoprite 38 and DStv 56. US sports apparel company Nike took the No1 spot, followed by South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung at No2 and German sports apparel company Adidas at No3. Brand Africa Chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng, who released the list at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Friday, said their survey received more than 15…