We’ll expedite land allocation, says Chisanga

ZAMBIA Development Agency (ZDA) has assured investors that it is working with the Ministry of Lands to expedite land allocation to boost investment in the country.
In an interview recently, ZDA director general Patrick Chisanga said one area that has been a major source of concern for investors is the lengthy process of land allocation.
Mr Chisanga has, however, assured investors that ZDA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, is committed to facilitate access to land.
“As you know, land is any country’s prized asset and so we are not different from any other countries where procedures are concerned before allocation of land to investors. Now land by its nature and the access to it can take a little longer than investors would like but you would have to understand that 80 percent of the land is held in traditional hands and only 20 percent is in state hands,” Mr Chisanga said.
He said the process entails engaging chiefs and village headmen after which land is transferred upon reaching an agreement with the traditional leaders.
Mr Chisanga said, thereafter, the land must be transferred into state hands and subsequently sold or placed on leasehold.
“A number of reforms have been implemented by Government over the years to make it easy to do business in Zambia. For instance, it now takes only 24 hours to have a new company registered with PACRA and then the process of getting certificates at ZDA is equally swift,” he said.
He also said foreign investors have been impressed.

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