Hon. Felix Mutati
Member of Parliament, Republic of Zambia
Felix Mutati is a Member of Parliament in Zambia with special responsibility for scrutinising government performance in the economic affairs committee, and serves as an elder of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Hon. Mutati has served as cabinet minister for Energy & Water Development (2002-2004) and, subsequently, for Commerce, Trade & Industry (2004-2011) during which tenures he spearheaded national initiatives aimed at poverty alleviation and private sector development, as well as coordinated international efforts to harmonise regional trade and investment.
Hon. Mutati chaired the body of Ministers of Trade of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) during the 2007/08 consolidation of the SADC free trade area and the initiation of the roadmap to establishing a SADC customs union. Also at the regional level, he served as chief negotiator on behalf of the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) region from 2006 to 2011 during which period he played a fundamental role in brokering Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Commission for Trade aimed at enhancing market access in the ESA region on a country-specific basis. As chairman of the 10th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in 2010, Hon. Mutati hosted over 2,000 delegates and business people from around the globe to foster private sector collaboration with the ultimate aim of advancing Africa’s trade agenda with the United States of America.
Hon. Mutati held various positions at the international level, including as Coordinator of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) where he brokered consensus among LDC Trade Ministers facing contrary political and nationalistic pressures.
Hon. Mutati is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants and has delivered lectures on wide-ranging issues such as regional integration, the impact of tax reforms on poverty reduction and corporate governance and social responsibility.