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State to prop housing industry – Lungu

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina (middle) tours the Silverest Gardens Housing Complex during the launch ceremony in Chongwe yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu says his administration will provide policy support in the housing industry to address Zambia’s three million housing deficit.
The President said Government is committed to supporting housing programmes that reach ordinary Zambians where they are and lessen the pressure that arises from being homeless.
President Lungu said this in a speech read for him by Vice-President Inonge Wina during the commissioning and handover of Silverest Gardens Housing Complex in Chongwe yesterday.
“Government will continue to review, amend and harmonise relevant laws in the housing sector,” President Lungu said.
He, however, said a negative feature of this is unplanned settlements that characterise many urban areas and the low quality housing found among the low-income earners.
President Lungu reiterated Government’s support to agencies and the private sector involved in the housing industry.
He also noted that development taking place in the construction industry is testimony of the good performance of the economy.
President Lungu also said Government has continued to treat housing as one of the priority sectors of the economy.
He said Government’s objective is to facilitate the construction of enough and affordable housing, increase the current housing stocks, enhance quality of human habitat and create jobs that reduce poverty.
And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said the partnership between Zambia Development Agency and Henan Gouji has created a new type of cooperation between Zambia and China.
He said the project created over 1,000 jobs during construction stage and more jobs through security and service provision will be created.
“It is, in all, another demonstration of the successful economic cooperation between China and Zambia, which addresses the changing need of the Zambian society.
“China and Zambia have maintain a strong and close relationship during last the 50 years and the two countries have become all-weather friends with mutually beneficial cooperation in all dimensions,” he said.
Mr Yang said these new developments do not come without a reason as they reflect the vitality and dynamism of Zambia’s economic development in the recent years and huge potential of cooperation.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of Chongwe district said the housing project in her chiefdom has brought job opportunities and the potential for increased revenue by the council.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya said the project has changed the face of Chongwe and the value of land in her chiefdom.

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