Presentation of MFEZs

  • In an effort to improve Zambia’s attractiveness, the ZDA Act (2006) introduced guidelines for Multi-Facility Economic Zones (MFEZs).
  • Investors are free to suggest locations for the development of MFEZs.
  • The Government of Zambia has already supported the creation of six MFEZs. For each of these areas, the table below provides basic relevant information
Name Chambishi/Zambia-China Economic & Trade Cooperation Zone Lumwana Lusaka East Lusaka South Ndola Roma
Type MFEZ MFEZ MFEZ MFEZ Industrial Park Industrial Park
Location Kalulushi Lumwana Lusaka Lusaka Ndola Lusaka
Brief description Chambishi is the first economic zone established by China in Africa. The 5,000 m2 MFEZ was developed by China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining Company Limited (CNMC).

Near 50 firms (about 8,200 workers) currently operate in Chambishi.

The MFEZ houses manufacturing of explosives, agro-processing, horticulture, fisheries, and commercial products. The Lusaka East MFEZ is an extension of the Chambishi MFEZ.

200 million RMB (30 million US dollars) were recently granted by the Chinese government  to upgrade facilities.

Located in the city capital, the MFEZ has over 2,100 hectares of serviced land. The Sub Saharan Gemstone Exchange (or Ndola) Industrial Park has been recently rehabilitated. The Industrial Park is particularly suitable for light industries, retail park, office park and warehousing activities.
  • In order to operate in a special economic zone, investors must obtain a MFEZ permit and a license from ZDA. Requirements are the following.
Application Form Certified copy of company registration or incorporation Certified copy of certificate of share capital Certified copy of list of shareholders and directors
Business plan and feasibility study Verifiable evidence of project finance Brief resumes for shareholders and directors Clear statement of how the project will fit into the overall MFEZ master plan

Tax incentives