PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
THE Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has allocated K1.6 million towards supporting 47 youth block-making
projects in eight provinces to accelerate the growth of the construction sector.
And CEEC director general Likando Mukumbuta says the commission is currently implementing the skills development and entrepreneurship project to support women and youth with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Mr Mukumbuta said in an interview yesterday that the commission is supporting youths with start-up capital and skills in block-making business to help them improve their socio-economic livelihoods.
He said the funds will benefit youths in Muchinga, Northern, Central, Copperbelt, Lusaka, Luapula, North-Western and Southern provinces.
“We want to build small-scale manufacturing industries in rural areas. We want to change the way people look at rural areas. This will also help to boost the entrepreneurship industry in Zambia,” he said.
Mr Mukumbuta urged more young people to venture into block-making business and participate in various programmes the commission is running countrywide.
He said once fully operational, CEEC will work with line ministries to link young block-makers to various infrastructure projects Government is undertaking across the country.
And Mr Mukumbuta said seven industrial yards will be established under the US$30 million skills development and entrepreneurship project which is being implemented with support from the AfDB in various provinces.
He said land has already been secured in all provincial centres where the industrial yards will be established and works are expected to start in November this year.
“The yards will be set up to undertake value addition activities in the targeted sectors. The entrepreneurs will be provided with loans to buy modern equipment to ensure efficiency, working capital and will rent workshops in the yards,” he said.
Mr Mukumbuta said CEEC will continue to mobilise resources in order to provide more development programmes across the country to empower the youth.