Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda says resource mobilisation should be accelerated to quickly complete developmental projects in Western Province.
The minister said the projects would significantly contribute to the improvement of economic prospects, employment creation and poverty reduction in the province.
He said this yesterday when he opened the Investrust Bank branch in Mongu, which is the 25th in the branch network.
"The Patriotic Front Government is determined to put an end to this glaring omission, and it is in this context that the Government is working on a number of infrastructure development projects in the province," he said.
Mr Chikwanda said the province had resourceful people who lacked adequate logistical support in the past.
He said the Government had since accelerated infrastructure projects in the province, among them Mongu-Kalabo Road, King Lewanika University, Mongu Stadium, health centres, and school infrastructure.
"It is also worth noting that apart from resources which have directly been channelled by the line ministries and State-supported projects for the period January to August 2013, the treasury released K28 million through the provincial administration for development programmes and operation of various public service departments," he said.
Mr Chikwanda said out of the total funding channelled through the provincial administration, K1.5 million was for infrastructure development, K256,000 for agriculture support, and K405,000 for the livestock and fisheries development.
He said the Government was happy that Investrust had in 2013 managed to invest K21 million in its bank expansion programme, resulting in the construction and commissioning of six more branches.
Bank Managing Director Friday Ndhlovu attributed the bank's success to Government's support.
He said all the proceeds made by the bank remained in Zambia as the financial institution was purely owned by Zambians.
"The aim of this bank is to supplement Government efforts in fostering development by creating employment to the local people and also help in infrastructure development," Mr Ndhlovu said.