The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business has announced the appointment of Ms. Ateau Zola as Vice President and Special Envoy during the DRC-Canada Leadership Visit. The mission, sponsored by Elephant Trade SARL, included a high-level meeting with Governor Fifi Masuka Saini in Kolwezi, an investor briefing, and a VIP dinner with cabinet members.
The Chamber’s President, Garreth Bloor, praised Kolwezi as a dynamic and growing city with incredible potential in healthcare, education, and infrastructure. The visit was attended by Chamber members from both the DRC and Canada, showing a strong commitment to enhancing trade and investment between the two countries.
The Chamber’s Chair, Paula Caldwell St-Onge, expressed enthusiasm for welcoming new members from the DRC and highlighted the leadership of Gabriel Tshitende, CEO of Elephant Trade Services, in enabling the visit’s success.
Following the successful visit, the Chamber looks forward to welcoming members from Lualaba and the DRC to its programs in Canada. Additionally, the organization is exploring more events in the DRC to further strengthen trade and investment ties.
Looking ahead, the Canada-Africa Business Conference is scheduled to take place from 19 – 20 February 2024 in Nairobi. The event will be officiated by President William Ruto of Kenya and will welcome PS Maninder Sidhu, Prime Minister Trudeau’s Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade, and Economic Development.
The Chamber has been dedicated to accelerating Canada-Africa trade and investment for 30 years through networking and information-sharing events. The outcomes of the recent visit to the DRC reaffirm the vital importance of the country for the next 30 years, according to Mr. Bloor.