Sup­port lo­cal en­ti­ties

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

ZAMBIANS have the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce goods and ser­vices of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards once they are given chance to prove their worth and that all they need is sup­port. Spe­cial as­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent for project mon­i­tor­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion An­drew Chel­lah said Zam­bian firms should be given a chance to prove their worth by peo­ple utiliz­ing lo­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices. Mr Chel­lah said in an in­ter­view that Gov­ern­ment had made it manda­tory for for­eign con­trac­tors to give 20 per­cent of their works to Zambians to en­cour­age lo­cal pro­duc­tion. He em­pha­sized that like the Zam­bian con­trac­tors, other lo­cal en­ti­ties and busi­nesses should be given chance to prove their worth. Mr Chel­lah who last Thurs­day grad­u­ated with an MBA in lead­er­ship and wealth creation from the Uni­ver­sity of Lusaka said it was be­cause of the no­tion that Zambians were as­so­ci­ated with fail­ure that peo­ple were shun­ning lo­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices. “I de­cided to study here in Zam­bia, at a Zam­bian uni­ver­sity be­cause we have to give our lo­cal goods and ser­vices a chance. It is be­cause of the thought that noth­ing good can come out of lo­cal pro­duc­tion that peo­ple are shun­ning to make use of lo­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices. So let’s give our lo­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices a chance, that is the rea­son why Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced the 20 per­cent sub­con­tract­ing pol­icy,” he said. And Mr Chel­lah said there was no sub­sti­tute for ed­u­ca­tion and that peo­ple should al­ways as­pire on ac­quir­ing more knowl­edge. He said ed­u­ca­tion was an equaliser and en­cour­aged grad­u­ates to use their knowl­edge to cre­ate em­ploy­ment for them­selves and the youth. He en­cour­aged Zambians to be­lieve in the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of lo­cal learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

FILE PHOTO: Lusaka Prov­ince Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Charles Si­panje and Spe­cial As­sis­tant to The Pres­i­dent Project Im­ple­men­ta­tion and Mon­i­tor­ing, An­drew Chel­lah in­spect­ing ZACL projects

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