Government will always endeavour to provide a conducive environment for the private sector to plough their resources in ventures such as the construcgtion of Solwezi City Mall by Herriot Properties of South Africa, says North Western Province minister Dawson Kafwaya.
Mr Kafwaya said Government was delighted with the project because the construction of the shopping mall will create jobs for youths
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony, Mr Kafwaya said Government under the able leadership of President Edgar Lungu was delighted in seeing more constructive ventures of such magnitude where jobs were created especially in rural areas such as Solwezi.
“Let me extended a hand of gratitude to the board of directors for assisting the Government in meeting its obligations that will turn the landscape of the district. This mall will not only create employment but also change the face of the town,” said Mr Kafwaya.
He commend the developer Herriot Properties for choosing to extend its footprints in the province adding that the 500 jobs that will be created during the construction period and the extra 200 when completed will go a long way in reducing unemployment levels in the province.
And Mr Kafwaya has requested that local contractors should be engaged during the construction period.
“Solwezi has many contractors and it’s very important that they are sub-contracted and participate in the construction stage and in turn help strengthen the local economy,”he said.
Earlier, Herriot Properties Limited executive director Steven Herring said the construction of Solwezi City Mall will be completed next year and will cost $25 million.
He thanked the local authority for the support and Government for creating an enabling environment for the private sector to invest.
Meanwhile, North Western Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the construction of the mall has brought a lot of excitement to the business community as it will create more jobs for the local community.
Chamber president Josephine Makondu said an investment of such magnitude should be supported by all well meaning Zambians.
“This will increase trade within the province because we expect that even our neighboring countries touse this facility,” she said.
She thanked Government for being consistent on economic policies.