THE Nakonde Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has acquired 20 hectares of land for the creation of industrial clusters which are expected to trigger economic development in the border district.
NCCI chairperson Kebby Siame confirmed that Chieftainess Nawaitwika of the Namwanga people in Muchinga Province has given out the land to the chamber.
He said in an interview from Nakonde yesterday that the chamber had managed to secure land in response to Government's request to create an industrial cluster in the district.
Mr Siame said the land which had been allocated to the chamber would be divided into two 10-hectare parts, one for industrial and another one for trading.
"I can confirm to you that the chieftainess has provided us with 20 hectares of land to facilitate the creation of industrial clusters in Nakonde," Mr Siame said.
The Government unveiled the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan for the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry with key emphasis on the creation of industrial clusters in districts and Multi-Facility Economic Zones (MFEZs) in all provinces in the country.
Then Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Bob Sichinga had said the clusters would promote value addition on various local products.
Mr Sichinga had 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 improving the living conditions of people.
Mr Siame said the district administration had since submitted documents to the ministry of Lands to formalise the piece of land and possible panning, after which the land would have to be subdivided accordingly.
"So once the clusters are created, they will create thousands of employment opportunities for the local people in the district. We can only appeal to investors, both local and foreign to take advantage of the clusters which will be created and invest in the area," Mr Siame said.
Mr Siame said he was hopeful that the newly-appointed Commerce, Trade and Industry minister, Emmanuel Chenda would take on board the vision left by Mr Sichinga and bring the plan of industrial clusters into reality.