17 January 2013

Zambia: State Spells Out Job Creation Plan

GOVERNMENT will accelerate industrialisation and job creation strategies under an all-inclusive blueprint dubbed 'Pave Zambia 2000,' President Michael Sata had said.

Mr Sata said the plan was aimed at transforming the economy with emphasis on sectors with high employment creation potential such as agriculture, tourism, construction and manufacturing.

"These sectors have the highest requirement for labour and labour-intensive projects as well as the potential to be highly-competitive and thus encourage growth, employment, value addition and ultimately expand the country's economic base," he said.

He expressed confidence that his administration was on course in implementing campaign promises.

The President said this in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah.

He said the 'Pave Zambia 2000', which is the first of its kind and scale in Zambia, would be launched to fast track the development process.

The President explained that the central aim of the 'Pave Zambia 2000' project was employment creation and repair of all major urban roads countrywide.

Mr Sata said the project encompassed segmented paving and cobbles of approximately 2000 kilometres of urban roads in all the 10 provinces.

He also underscored the Government's resolve to improve the road infrastructure through the ongoing 'Link Zambia-8000' road project as enshrined in the Patriotic Front (PF) manifesto.

He said to date, about 12,850 road sector jobs had been created countrywide and reiterated Government's commitment to creating a better Zambia for all.

President Sata in September last year launched the K27 trillion road project dubbed "Link Zambia-8000."

He declared that the launch of the 'Link Zambia-8000' marked the implementation of campaign promises he made to Zambians and that more would follow.

The "Link Zambia-8000" is a project meant to connect outlying areas of Zambia to all the 10 provinces to be implemented over a five-year period.

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