ZANACO hosts second edition of L.E.A.D.S initiative to foster innovation, collaboration


ZANACO has held the second edition of its Leading, Edge, Agility, Diversity and Sustainability (L.E.A.D.S) initiative, providing a platform for players in the innovation industry to meet, discuss, and share ideas.

The L.E.A.D.S initiative brought together creatives, innovators and decision-makers to inspire one another and drive positive change in the innovation sector.

During the event held in Lusaka on Wednesday, Zanaco Acting Chief Executive Officer, Kalengo Simukoko, stated the firm’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion.

Simukoko added that a diverse and inclusive workforce leads to greater innovation, creativity and performance.

“We celebrate diversity and strive to create an environment where every individual feels valued, respected and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents,” Simukoko said.

He added that ZANACO was committed to creating long-term value for its stakeholders and contributing to the social well-being of communities while minimising environmental impact.

Officially opening the event, Ministry of Science and Technology Director of Communications and Digital Technologies, Milner Makuni, highlighted the government’s efforts to provide the necessary infrastructure to support start-ups.

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He cited the mobile communication towers being established across the country as part of this effort to enhance connectivity for start-ups.

“This internet infrastructure is meant to help start-ups with their innovations and leverage the data center the government has established,” Makuni said.

Makuni also announced that the Zambian government had partnered with countries such as Kenya and Rwanda on emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI).

In her remarks, Finnish Ambassador to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, Saana Halinen, noted that Finland was collaborating with the Zambian government on developing an AI strategy.

“There is also the need for start-ups in the technology space to team up and work together while sharing skills and expertise,” Halinen said.

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