By ESTHER MSETEKA
MINISTER of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga says the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) is well placed to foster infrastructure development in the country.
During the launch of the instituteâ€™s 2014-2018 strategy plan in Lusaka recently, Mr Mukanga said the plan will help in providing a road map for EIZ to evaluate factors affecting its operations.
He said the EIZ is Governmentâ€™s partner in promoting developmental ventures such as the Link Zambia 8000 and the Pave Zambia 2000 projects.
Mr Mukanga is hopeful that the theme for the strategic plan dubbed â€œfostering value addition as a tool for nationalâ€ will help push the institution [EIZ] in initiating opportunities that will improve the way of doing business through value addition.
â€œOne of your function as an institution is to advise the government on matters relating to the engineering profession and as Government we are always relying on the engineering profession to help in the countryâ€™s development which requires the knowledge of an engineer. Therefore, I wish to commend the institution through the EIZ council for recognising Government in such events.
â€œEIZ has the mandate to promote and regulate the practice of engineering and allied sciences in Zambia. It is for this reason that you are strategically placed to accelerate national development in this country through the application science and technology in your various disciplines and capacities as engineering professions,â€ he said.
Mr Mukanga also said science and technology is the pivot point for the development of any country.
Earlier, EIZ president Bernard Chiwala said the EIZ intends to achieve a membership growth of 25,000, thereby, representing 90 percent of participation by 2018.
Mr Chiwala said consequently, the EIZ has embarked on the establishment of regional offices.
He added that engineers will always be the centre of economic development.
By ESTHER MSETEKA