President Edgar Lungu’s development agenda to bring about inclusive development without leaving anyone behind is unfolding in a systematic way as the construction of the first ever Industrial Yard at the Luka-Kapasa Industrial site in Mansa, Luapula commences.
For a long time, Luapula has lagged behind in terms of development with poverty levels as high as 82 percent. Luapula Province Minister Hon. Nickson Chilangwa is determined to turn all the negatives into opportunities by showcasing the potential of the Province.
The first ever Luapula Expo which opened today is about raising the profile of the Province. It is about marketing, showcasing and unlocking the potential of the province to improve it’s economic performance.
“You can not develop the economic performance of a Province, of a region, of an area if you do not involve others, if you do not invite other people with money to come and invest in your area,” says Hon. Chilangwa.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the US $2,400,000 Mansa Industrial Yard this morning, Hon. Chilangwa said the Province can only create wealth from tangibles and the launch of the project will touch the lives of the people of Mansa through employment creation and skills development.
Hon. Chilangwa was joined by Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe who was the guest of honour at the event, area MP for Mansa central and Minister of Health Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya and officials from Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC).
The Industrial Yard to be established will see the construction of 30 workshops for light manufacturing targeting metal work, woodwork, agro processing and auto industry. The Yard will also house atleast 120 entrepreneurs who will receive business loans from the CEEC to enable them acquire and rent modern equipment and expand their operations
The expected outcome of the Mansa Industrial Yard is the improvement of the competitiveness of small enterprises, creation of jobs in the micro small and medium enterprises sector and increased contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by entrepreneurs in Luapula Province.