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U.S. – Zambia Trade and Investment Workshop

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently organized a two-day workshop in Lusaka, Zambia on March 13 and 14. The workshop focused on further engagement between the U.S. and Zambia economies, and highlighted the importance of standards in supporting U.S. business investment and growing demand for quality products in the east African country.

The workshop attracted 64 participants from the public and private sector and featured presentations on the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, as well as standards-related topics in three priority sectors: infrastructure, energy, and agriculture. The event included speakers from seven U.S. participants representing the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), ASTM International, Deytec Inc., the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Tri-Environmental Inc., and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

Zambian speakers included representatives from the USAID Southern African Trade and Investment Hub (SATIH), the Zambian Bureau of Standards (ZABS), and the Zambian Association of Manufacturers (ZMA).

The workshop emphasized the importance of standards and quality in supporting U.S. business investment in Zambia, and highlighted the value of a stable and predictable regulatory environment for interested investors. Similarly, speakers emphasized the role of standards in supporting the demand for quality products and services by Zambia's rapidly expanding middle class.