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    • The Government of Zambia validates the PCP Country Diagnostic report via official letter.
    • UNIDO holds the second PCP Zambia Programming Team meeting to discuss the way forward towards the finalization of the PCP Programme Document.
    • UNIDO completes the Country Diagnostic, in cooperation with the Government and various national stakeholders, and submits the draft report to the Government for validation. 
    • UNIDO and the African Development Bank (AfDB) discuss potential cooperation in Zambia in the area of agro-industrial park development and investment promotion, particularly targeting the private sector.
    • UNIDO participates in the review of the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework for Zambia (2016-2021) and the preparation of the UN SDPF Zambia 2019 Annual Report, in coordination with the UN Resident Coordinator.
    • PCP National Coordinator recruited to support PCP development and implementation at the field level.

  • UNIDO and the Government jointly prepare the PCP Contingency Plan in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, UNIDO coordinates with the UN Country Team for Zambia on the joint UN response to COVID-19.

  • UNIDO launches the PCP Country Diagnostic to help identify the main opportunities and bottlenecks for advancing industrialization in Zambia.

  • The Government of Zambia sends an official letter to UNIDO outlining their commitments towards the PCP’s programming phase.

  • PCP Zambia is showcased at the Africa Industrialization Day 2019 as a means to contribute to the implementation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III).

    Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Christopher Bwalya Yaluma, discusses the benefits of the PCP approach at the Eight UNIDO Ministerial Conference on the Least Developed Countries. At the same occasion, Coumba Mar Gadio, UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, highlighted the PCP's potential to contribute to capacity-building, policy development and improved coordination, in the context of multi-stakeholder partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • UNIDO conducts a mission to the country to discuss the development of PCP Zambia, including on the tentative priority areas and the PCP coordination mechanism with Government counterparts, the UN Country Team and other development partners.

  • UNIDO conducts a mission to the country to meet with government counterparts and stakeholders on the next steps towards the development of PCP Zambia.

  • UNIDO Executive Board approves the development of the Programme for Country Partnership for Zambia.

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Introducing Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa, sharing borders with Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The population is estimated at 18.5 million (2020, World Bank) and is among the youngest in Africa.

Mineral-rich, Zambia ranks as Africa’s second largest producer of copper. The industrial sector accounts for around 36 % of GDP and 11% of employment, covering mining, construction and manufacturing. Large industrial sectors include, inter alia, copper, mining and processing, and construction. Growth in manufacturing is driven largely by agro-processing, particularly in food, textiles and leather.


Fostering a diversified and competitive industrial economy

The PCP will support the Government in implementing its Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) and Vision 2030, in line with the ongoing UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (2016-2021) for Zambia. The PCP will work to strengthen synergies among the various stakeholders contributing to industrialization, from government entities, to financial institutions, UN entities, the business sector, and other development partners, by providing a platform for coordination.

The PCP programming phase was initiated in early 2019. Based on the results of the country diagnostic conducted by UNIDO and discussions with the Government, the following  tentative PCP focus areas were identified: (i) Improving the policy environment; (ii) Industrial skills development; (iii) Fostering manufacturing industries and value addition on primary commodities. The programming phase is ongoing.


The PCP will support Zambia’s overall vision of becoming a middle-income nation by 2030 and contribute to the following targets of the Government’s Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), inter alia:

  • GDP growth rate of 5.5%
  • Share of non-mining sectors over 80% of GDP
  • Manufacturing sector more than 10% of GDP


    • Aim: Assist the Government in developing and revising existing industrial strategies and sectoral diagnoses, and increasing institutional capacities.
    • Aim: Support inclusive economic development through capacity-building activities, notably for vulnerable groups such as youth and women, and promote entrepreneurship, particularly related to mineral processing and products. The PCP will support skills development in areas such as digital economy, e-commerce and new technologies to harness opportunities offered by the 4th Industrial Revolution.

    • Aim: Support the development of value chains and agro-industrial parks, as well as investment promotion and enhanced business practices through energy efficiency.


  1. PCP National Coordination Body (in formation)

    The PCP National Coordination Body (NCB) will serve as the core body responsible for guiding PCP implementation. The NCB is expected to be chaired by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) and vice-chaired by the Ministry of Finance. It will include representatives from all PCP-related ministries and national authorities, the private sector, academia, as well as UN entities.

  2. UNIDO's PCP coordination structure 

    UNIDO will support the NCB in the overall coordination of the programme. A multidisciplinary technical team has been established, led by the PCP Zambia Programme Manager, to deliver technical assistance. The PCP National Coordinator, based in Zambia, will support implementation in the field and assume the role of the NCB’s Secretariat. UNIDO’s Regional Office in South Africa will also support the overall implementation and coordination of the programme.


The PCP Zambia Programme Document is expected to be finalized in 2020, building on the findings of the country diagnostic and paving the way for the start of implementation.