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John Mulongoti

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industry

Mr. John Anthony Mulongoti is the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Commerce,

Trade and Industry in Zambia. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Production

Management (B.Sc. Prod. Mgt) from the Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia; a

Masters Degree in Small Business Studies (MSBS) from University of Leipzig in Leipzig,

Germany and is a Doctoral Candidate (DBA) at the Binary University of Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia/University of Zambia.

Mr. Mulongoti is passionate about contributing to the socio-economic development of

Zambia and has previously served in other positions in the civil service including as

Director - Domestic Trade and Commerce in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and

Industry from 2013 to 2016; Director - Industry in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and

Industry from 2016 to 2020 and as Director of Agribusiness and Marketing at the

Ministry of Agriculture from November 2020 until his appointment as Permanent

Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry in September, 2022.

Over the last five (5) years, Mr. Mulongoti has contributed to the National economic

transformation agenda through his work. His key achievements include, but are not

limited to: spearheading the development of the National Industrial Policy;

development and launch of the proudly Zambian Campaign; facilitating the Re-

Engineering of the National Quality Infrastructure; and establishment of the Zambia

Development Agency.

In his current role as Permanent Secretary, Mr. Mulongoti is leading the development of

policies, legislation and programmes that support industrialisation and job creation.

Among the key programmes being pursued, are the establishment of a value chain for

electric vehicle batteries and the clean energy sector; the development of integrated

agro-industrial parks; and the establishment of special trade zones in strategic priority


John Mulongoti
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