PRISCILLA MWILA, Mansa
LUAPULA Province Minister Nixon Chilangwa has commended the Citizens’ Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) for spearheading projects such as the industrial yards aimed at empowering local people in the province.
Mr Chilangwa said once operational, the yards will contribute towards skills development and enhance entrepreneurship, especially for the youth.
He said this when CEEC director-general Likando Mukumbuta paid a courtesy call on him at his office yesterday.
“CEEC was created to ensure wealth creation is not only left to foreign investors but also for the local people to be empowered with skills and resources needed to grow their businesses, and enable them contribute to the growth of the economy,” he said.
Mr Chilangwa said the construction of industrial yards in Mansa is a huge step in fulfilling promises the Patriotic Front made during election campaigns last year.
He said projects such as the fish caging on Lake Mweru and rehabilitation of 58 fish ponds will be commissioned before the end of this year to empower small-scale fish farmers in the province.
He reaffirmed Government’s continued support and commitment to CEEC to enable the organisation empower more people.
And Mr Chilangwa said the Luapula Expo is an opportunity for the province to showcase its economic opportunities in an effort to lure investors and create more jobs for local people.
He urged CEEC to use the expo to identify viable local businesses and ensure that they grow and contribute towards national development.
And Mr Mukumbuta said the various projects CEEC is supporting in Luapula are part of Government’s job creation and industrialisation programmes being implemented in various parts of the country.
He said the projects will provide employment opportunities for local people, thereby reducing poverty levels in the province.
Mr Mukumbuta said Luapula members of Parliament are working together to uplift the face of the province, and make it a hub of economic activities to contribute to the growth of the economy.
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe is scheduled to commission the construction of industrial yards and a starch production factory tomorrow.