30 January 2013

Zambia: Isoka Gets 20 Hectares for Industrial Cluster

CHIEF Kafwimbi of the Namwanga people, has given Isoka Municipal Council (IMC) 20 hectares of land to facilitate creation of an industrial cluster by the Government.

Council secretary Godfrey Mulambia, who confirmed the development in an interview from Isoka yesterday, said the local authority managed to secure land in response to Government's request to create an industrial cluster in the district.

Mr Mulambia said the land which was located in the North East of Isoka along Great North Road, was expected to create about 40 clusters.

"Chief Kafwimbi has provided us with 20 hectares of land for the creation of industrial clusters in our district. We expect that approximately 40 clusters will be created," Mr Mulambia said.

Government recently unveiled the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan with key emphasis on the creation of industrial clusters in districts and Multi-Facility Economic Zones (MFEZs) in all provinces in the country.

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Bob Sichinga said the clusters would promote value addition on various local products.

Mr Sichinga said the clusters and zones, would further promote specialisation and quality in local products.

The clusters would also seek to exploit all available natural resources to empower people at district level with skills and employment creation, which was key in uplifting the living conditions of people.

Mr Mulambia said the district planning officer had since travelled to Kasama for plans which would later be forwarded to Ndola for possible numbering.

He appealed to both local and foreign investors to take advantage of the clusters which would be created and invest in the area.

Mr Mulambia said once the clusters were created, they would create thousands of employment opportunities for the local people.

"We also believe as a council that this will assist in uplifting people's living standards and alleviate poverty in the area," he said.

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