Role of the Ministry in Investment Promotion

Role of the Ministry in Investment Promotion


  • Develop Investor friendly laws and policies that promote private sector growth
  • Ensure total compliance with labour legislation.
  • Ensuring labour productivity by maintaining industrial harmony and promotion of decent work
  • Ensuring workers protections Maintenance of occupation health safety standards  at workplaces
  • Educate employers on the provisions of the law
  • Collection, analyzing and disseminating labour market information.
  • Creating an enabling  environment for companies to hire appropriate Skills


What should investors do when they comes to Zambia

    • Get all the existing labour legislation in country and comply
    • Get information on recruitment of foreign labour, eg get to know what jobs cannot be given to foreigners eg Human Resource positions.
    • Register the company with the office of the labour commissioner especially if there are more that 25 employees in the company for purposes of unionism as prescribed in the industrial and labour relations Act
    • Understand the labour market practices


    Click here to view the Zambia Work Permit Guide for Employers

Our Core Functions

Social Security Department

The Social Security Department is headed by a Director and has two functional Sections, each supervised by a Principal Social Security Officer.  

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Labour Department

The Department of Labour is headed by a Labour Commissioner with three (3) functional Sections namely; Employment, Industrial Relations and Inspections.
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Planning Department

The Planning and Research Unit is headed by a Chief Planner and has two functional Sections, each supervised by a Principal Planner.
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Occpational Health and Safety

As Zambia seeks to improve the well-being of its people through development,    there are however hazards that come about and affect the health of workers, the community and the general environment. 
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Human Resource Department

The Department of HRA is headed by a Director and has two functional Sections and a Unit, namely: Human Resources and Administration, and Accounts Unit.
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National Productivity Development

The Department is headed by a Director and has three Sections, namely: Productivity and Quality Improvement, Occupational Assessment, and Productivity Measurement and Monitoring
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Contact Us

Our Contact Info

Ministry of Labour and Social Security, New Government Complex, Independence Avenue, P.O. Box 32186, Lusaka, Zambia. Tel: +260-211-221432, Fax: +260-211-225169, Web-Site:, E-Mail:

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Statutory Instrument (SI) - The Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment Act. Click below to view detailed SI documentation.