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AAPAM calls for environment friendly manufacturing practices

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
THE African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) has advised countries with intentions of creating multi-facility economic zones to put in place effective monitoring and regulatory measures that will help protect the environment from bad manufacturing practices.
AAPAM is an international professional organisation that promotes best practice, excellence and professionalism in public administration and management in Africa through research and publications, among others.
Speaking during a tour of the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone (LSMFEZ) on Thursday, AAPAM delegation leader from Kenya Ronald Jumbe said constructing good infrastructure for solid waste management and sewerage treatment facilities in the zones will help encourage sustainable management of the atmosphere for many years to come.
Mr Jumbe said in as much as the zones are important in attracting both local and foreign investment, there is need to ensure that those planning to invest follow laid down requirements to avoid destroying the environment.
“In Kenya, we have a huge industrial processing export processing zone [EPZ) that utilises local raw materials that is in terms of labour and human resource. The difference [between LS-MFEZ and EPZ] is that locals are not more involved in the processing that is in terms of expertise….”
“We need to improve in the area of waste management. If you go to our country [Kenya] the environment within the EPZ is greatly damaged… perhaps it has something to do with internal process that is the environmental impact assessment that is acceptable by the local people,” he said.
Earlier, LSMFEZ managing director Fortune Kamusaki said Government has spent over US$40 million on infrastructure such as offices, among other facilities in the zone.
Dr Kamusaki said  LS-MFEZ will continue contributing to the diversification of the economy through the promotion of quality manufacturing export-oriented activities, thereby helping in skills transfer, wealth and job creation.

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