Dr. Phiri will be leading a delegation to deliver a keynote speech and meet with potential foreign investors in the technology and education sectors. He will be joining other African Ministers of Education and Technology from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Other Ministers of Education are expected to confirm from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, and Rwanda.
The Summit will represent an opportunity for Dr. Phiri to present his ministry’s progress on policies and implementation after one year in office before an international audience.
“We’re extraordinarily pleased to have the participation of Dr. Phiri, as Zambia is increasingly seen as a model for its stability, growth, and improvements in education,” said John Glassey, the managing director of African Brains, the organizer of the Innovation Africa Summit.
Glassey also noted that investors are eager to meet with the new Zambian minister, as some people felt that the previous MMD government was unresponsive to their interest.
“There is significant interest among foreign investors to become involved in Zambia’s education sector. People are excited to begin working with the Patriotic Front government, which will hopefully be more successful than past experience,” Glassey said.
The Innovation Africa Summit, scheduled for October 5-7 in Cape Town, is co-sponsored by the University of the Western Cape, and will also feature participation by representatives of some of the world’s leading technology companies.