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29 Nov 2021

UNIDO and the Government of Zambia sign the finalized Programme for Country Partnership document, marking the start of implementation.

1 Oct 2021

Official launch of programming for the Green Climate Fund-supported initiative, "Promoting renewable energy based mini-grids for productive uses in rural areas", contributing to the PCP’s focus area on fostering manufacturing industries and value addition on primary commodities. 

1 Oct 2021

30 Sep 2021

UNIDO contributes to the UN Common Country Analysis (CCA) for Zambia through the findings of the PCP Industrial Diagnostic Study and contributions from UNIDO’s technical cooperation projects in the country. The CCA will inform the formulation of the next UN Cooperation Framework for Zambia (2023-2028).

29 Sep 2021

UNIDO, Japan and Hitachi Construction Machinery join forces to train construction equipment operators in Zambia as part of the PCP’s focus area on industrial skills development.

29 Sep 2021

1 Aug 2021

UNIDO and the Government hold a technical meeting to discuss the draft PCP programme document, the PCP launch, the establishment of the national coordination body and the Government’s contributions to the programme, in line with the proposed strategic framework of the eighth National Development Plan (8NDP).

1 Apr 2021

UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Coumba Mar Gadio, delivers a speech on the PCP’s pivotal role in galvanizing joint UNDS efforts at the country-level  to accelerate ISID and advance the 2030 Agenda, at the occasion of a UNIDO briefing to Member States.

1 Apr 2021

23 Feb 2021

Mushuma Mulenga, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry of ZAmbia, participates as a guest presenter at the first Peer Learning Session on the PCP.  


23 Dec 2020

The Government of Zambia validates the Terms of Reference of the PCP National Coordination Body.

23 Dec 2020

23 Sep 2020

The Zambian Ministry of Energy, the Rural Electrification Authority and UNIDO discuss potential cooperation areas within the framework of the PCP.

23 Aug 2020

UNIDO holds a virtual briefing on the advancement of PCP Zambia for the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.

23 Aug 2020

12 Jul 2020

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.

24 Jun 2020

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.

24 Jun 2020

24 Apr 2020

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.

24 Mar 2020

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

24 Mar 2020

24 Feb 2020

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

24 Jan 2020

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

24 Jan 2020


24 Nov 2019

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.

24 Jul 2019

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.

24 Jul 2019


24 Oct 2018

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

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; promote investment, sustainable business practices, and the use of clean and affordable energy. 


The PCP Zambia Programme Document is expected to be finalized and signed in 2021, paving the way for the start of implementation. New initiatives are expected to launch primarily in the areas of industrial skills development and fostering manufacturing industries and value addition on primary commodities.