A Special Welcome Message

Mayor of Livingstone
His Worship Mayor Eugene Mapuwo

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As Mayor of Livingstone, I would like to welcome all the delegates to Livingstone, the tourist city that has the honour to host the 2017 Ease of Doing Business Initiative Conference.


I invite you all to utilize your stay in Livingstone and take time out of your busy schedule to sample some of our wonderful sites in the city. For those of you who are in Zambia for the first time, you might be interested to know that the Mosi oa Tunya or as it is popularly known as the Victoria Falls, is located just a few metres from Avani Hotel. Please ensure that you find time to explore this natural wonder of the world.


Livingstone Town, named after the famous Missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone was established in 1905. Livingstone’s culture and history is intriguing as is evidenced by the arts and craft producers, museums, local food and the general Zambian hospitality.


The city has a lot to offer, river boarding, white water rafting, canoeing, boat cruises, walks with lions and cheetahs, elephant back safaris, quad bikes and bungee jumping, among others. In addition, our local cuisine is one of the best in the world.


I wish you success during your deliberations in the days to come. May your stay in Livingstone be wonderful, pleasant and memorable.


Welcome to the city of Livingstone.


His Worship, Mr. Eugene Mapuwo


About the EDBI Conference

The Ease of Doing Business Initiative (EDBI) The EDBI Conference is a peer-to-peer learning event requested by African countries and supported by the World Bank Group, to facilitate knowledge sharing on Doing Business reforms.


The 2017 EDBI Conference will be hosted by the Government of Zambia and is scheduled to take place between May 15th and May 19th 2017 at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia.


The theme for the 2017 Conference is Business Reforms for Industrialization, Value Addition and Job Creation.

EDBI is grounded in the interest and need expressed by several Africa countries to learn and share information and experiences about the reforms implemented in the scope of Doing Business. In August 2010, the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE) and some Governments, designed the EDBI, which has been gradually refined over the years. Mauritius, the top-ranked DB country in the Africa region for three years running, offered to host the event and to share its experience.


Following the successful pilot of this peer-to-peer learning model held in Mauritius in 2010, Rwanda, the country which improved the most in the ease of doing business in 2009/2010, hosted a second peer-to-peer workshop for Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in March 2011. The third meeting was held in March 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana. Since 2012, the conference has been hosted by South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda and Kenya.


Zambia will be the 8th country to host the EDBI Conference, which focuses on the following key objectives:

  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience on investment climate reforms in Africa; and
  • Improve the investment climate and increase the region’s share of investment flows and export markets, in line with the stated regional economic integration objectives of the involved Regional Economic Communities and Member States.
  • Facilitate the showcasing of best practice under one roof, encourage political buy-in and follow-through of committed reform agenda covering various sectors