‘New chamber of commerce to boost Kabwe investment’

Kabwe town

THE transformation of Kabwe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) into Central Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is a positive development that will help in marketing Central Province’s investment potential.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, CCCI president Sydney Tembo said the new chamber of commerce was established in Kabwe last month during their annual general meeting.
“We had elections for the Central Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry last month here in Kabwe, which now means that we are no longer Kabwe Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the case has been in the past,” Mr Tembo said.
Mr Tembo said the decision to have the CCCI was made during the 2013 KCCI AGM and this development led to the amendment of the KCCI constitution.
Mr Tembo said CCCI will have a bigger mandate and will be more active in advocating for investment in Central Province.
“We are looking forward to a very exciting 2015 and 2016 following this development which has been on the drawing board for a long time,” he said.
Mr Tembo noted that despite Central Province offering unique investment opportunities in different areas, the region has not attracted investors.
He said the region is well-placed and endowed for investment considering that it is centrally located, has abundant arable land, water resources, plenty natural resources and other requisites which economic activities could thrive on.
And Mr Tembo further said Kabwe being a provincial administration for Central Province, needs to attract serious investors who should help turn the fortunes of the former mining town.
He said CCCI is working with stakeholders like the Kabwe Municipal Council in developing a common strategic plan aimed at transforming Kabwe and promoting investments.
“Our town is a very attractive district for serious investors. We think that our town deserves better in terms of investments than what is obtaining at the moment,” Mr Tembo said.
He said government should also work at transforming Kabwe into a city because it is one of the oldest municipalities in Zambia.

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