As technology advances, the opportunity to make use of innovations in the health and education sectors increases. The issue on how to utilize this for Zambian development gathered over 120 technology professionals this Monday evening 20 May, as the Mobile Monday network held a meeting in Lusaka under the theme “Building our Digital Future Together”. Among the speakers at the event were Jussi Hinkkanen, VP Corporate Relations Middle-East and Africa at Nokia Corporation and Mr. Mark Bennett, founder iSchool Zambia.


Internet connectivity and usage increases with great speed all around Africa. Zambia is no exception. The opportunities for business development within this sector are great and at the same time it could bring large benefits for Zambians such as better quality education and improved health services.


Mark Bennet is the founder of iSchool, a Zambian venture developing a new form of learning platform using tablets, the ZEduPad. The tablet holds all information necessary for school children in grades 1-7 based on the Zambian curriculum in eight Zambian languages. It uses moving pictures and sound to create a better learning environment.


“We have done extensive testing in Zambia and we see that the results of the students are improving enormously”, Mr Bennet said, ”and as an added value, the kids are having fun”.


The speakers all concluded that there are vast opportunities for Zambian businesses in the technology sector right now. But the momentum might not be there forever.


“The time for African and Zambian technology developers is now. In a few years’ time there will be multinationals moving in and the competition will increase”, said Jussi Hinkkanen, VP Corporate Relations Middle-East and Africa at Nokia Corporation.


To ensure that everyone benefits from the technology development there is also a need for further coordination, not least within the health sector.


“I am calling for Zambian developers and influentials to form clusters and to build structures in order to make the most of the development in Zambia. Now is the time to bind everything together. If you combine your efforts, you can do great things together”, said Mr. Arto Holopainen, Vice President, Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth.


The main purpose of the Mobile Monday is to create an good networking atmosphere. A mission that the guests seem to have embraced.


“The results oriented networking is bringing to life what we are thinking but not yet doing. And we want to do it!”, Sylvia B. Mwansa, Proprietor SBM Investments, said.


Simunza Muyangana, co-founder of BongoHive and of Mobile Monday Lusaka, took the opportunity to share the aim of Mobile Monday Lusaka to be a network for anyone interested in technology and positive change in Zambia.


“During the past year, Mobile Monday Lusaka has held five meetings like this one. Let’s now use the momentum to bring the technology discussion to the next level involving the young developers, policy makers, academia, the private sector and society at large”, commented Gustaf Engstrand, co-founder and lead organizer of Mobile Monday Lusaka.


Thanks to our speakers of the evening, and to our partners and sponsors Human Security Finland and Southern African Innovation Support programme (SAIS) for making this event possible.


Speakers on Mobile Monday, May 20, included:


Mark Bennett, MD and founder iSchool Zambia.

Jussi Hinkkanen, VP Corporate Relations Middle-East and Africa at Nokia Corporation (

Risto Ojanperä, Vice President, Elisa Ltd. Elisa Ltd (,

Arto Holopainen, Vice President, Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth

Jukka Sormunen, CEO, iClass Finland Education Network Ltd.

Mar 292013

After the Swecare delegation in the beginning of February 2013 and during spring 2013, Gustaf is assisting Bactiguard ( in fact finding and sales activities in Zambia. Further, in collaboration with Helseplan and Tengbom, Gustaf is heading the work on behalf of a Zambian-Swedish team for the preparation of an Expression of Interest to Develop a National Hospital Improvement Business Plan (2013-2016) in Zambia.

Mar 262013

We had a delegation of Swedish med-tech companies here in Zambia in the beginning of February 2013. The delegation was headed by State Secretary Karin Johansson of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and organized by Swecare Foundation.

Gustaf Engstrand took part in all the activities in Lusaka and facilitated a couple of hospital visits.

Extensive information is available on

The report on the Health care sector and business opportunities in Zambia, prepared by Gustaf Engstrand, is available following the above link.





The mobile telecommunication sector in Zambia has spurred economic growth in key industries like mining, tourism, agriculture and health. Read more:

Nov 072012

Inspiring speech by Ms Ewa Björling, Swedish Minister for Trade, on 1 November 2012 on the opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa in the coming years:


Dear MoMo Lusaka delegate,


What an event we had this last Monday night! Interesting messages from the panel and very good networking afterwards.


Many thanks to all of you 120 participants!


And tonight at ZNBC, TV2, at 18.30 during “Business Day” there will be a follow up interview with Simunza Muyangana and Gustaf Engstrand.


Theme of the MoMo on 29 October was “”Incubation of ICT start-up companies in Zambia”. Our main speaker Juha Miettinen, SAIS programme technical director (based in Windhoek), provided an overview of the New Factory/Demola business incubation concept and various angles of business incubation. The main keyword seems to be “teamwork” between various stakeholders.


Mukombo J. Tambatamba, from the National Technology Business Centre (NTBC) started out the panel discussion by providing an overview of existing initiatives for strengthening and facilitating start-up of small and medium sized enterprises in Zambia. Tue Nyboe Andersen, Kukula Capital, shared the investor perspective on SME financing and stressed the need for business incubation in reality. Last but not least Lukonga Lindunda of BongoHive elaborated on the experiences and wishes of the young Zambian ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups. Many urgent questions were asked to the panel, which gave replies under the sensitive moderation of Ville Luukkanen, Embassy of Finland. Judging from the vibrant networking following the seminar part, a lot of discussion on the touched subject remains. And certainly, many of us are now ready to take the next step in contributing to real facilitation of start-up ICT businesses.


Many thanks to all speakers and panellists. Thanks again to TopFloor for hosting, for the third time now. And thanks to Kukula Capital for sponsoring the bar and snacks.


As mentioned during the meeting, we are calling all of you who are interested to a coffee discussion this Monday 5 November at 10.00 am at the Swedish School (Alick Nkhata Road, just off Haile Selassie). The objective of this discussion is to brainstorm on ways to capturing the momentum resulting from our exciting events, and to identify themes, speakers, venues and sponsors for upcoming events.


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All the best,


Mobile Monday Lusaka


The theme and date for our 3rd Mobile Monday Lusaka event has been set: “Incubation of ICT start-up companies in Zambia”

We will get an overview of the the need for ICT business incubation facilities in Zambia and a presentation of the New Factory/Demola incubation concept followed by a panel discussion focused on an opportunities outlook. Business incubators are typically facilities designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through a variety of business support resources and services.

The event will be hosted by TopFloor on 29 October starting at 18.00.

More details and invitations to follow soon.

Zambia’s first bond issue

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Sep 142012

Zambia raises MUSD 750 in debut 10-year Eurobond

It will be interesting to see the effects of Zambia’s issue of long-awaited MUSD 750 Eurobond yesterday. Will it in fact further reduce dependence on foreign aid and tap international capital to meet infrastructure funding needs?



The business climate in Zambia is improving in impressive ways and we are experiencing new developments on a daily basis. The country is showing high and sustainable growth figures and reduced costs of doing business. New and existing business ventures are in for a huge potential in the medium and long term. Lusaka is a natural center for expansion into the surrounding markets, the total of which covers an emerging market with an excess of 170,000,000 people.

To facilitate investment in the region, an international investment conference – ZIIC 2013 – will take place in Lusaka in March 2013. Focus of ZIIC 2013 will be telecommunications, agriculture, construction, renewable energy, health, education and tourism.

Zambia is generally perceived as a peaceful, safe and stable country, despite turbulence occurring in the region at large. At present, annual economic growth is around 6.5 per cent and is expected to remain or even increase in coming years. Zambia is a potential regional economic powerhouse and has borders with no fewer than eight countries. The safe city of Lusaka is a natural place for regional headquarters with a number of international airlines moving to use Lusaka a regional hub for flights into the sub-continent from the US and Europe. High digit growth and expansion of markets within the next decades will require investment in infrastructure in both a narrow and a wider sense.

The objective of the conference is to bring together high profile investors and corporate and public decision makers to a two-day conference in Lusaka, building on Zambia’s place as a global destination for investment in the region. Thematic presentations and discussion themes will be chosen by crowdsourcing focus topics from the potential participants of ZIIC 2013.

The core team behind ZIIC 2013 are Gustaf Engstrand, GOE Consulting, local business consultant, and Dave Vosburg, Co-Founder and Managing Director of TopFloor, a process-improvement consulting and training company. By background, Gustaf is a corporate/M&A lawyer and member of management teams in European business. Dave holds an MBA from Yale, is also a founding director of Regus Zambia and Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia.

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