By Nation Reporter
THE multi-million Kwacha National Authority Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) shopping mall to be constructed at Freedom Park in Kitwe is a big economic boost to the Copperbelt, says Copperbelt Show Society chairman Bill Osborn.
Mr Osborn said the mall would create employment and provide a market for agricultural produce for farmers in the region.
He said the project would also be a boost to Government revenue collection in terms of tax which would be collected from the mall.
He was speaking in an interview in Kitwe on Wednesday soon after President Edgar Lungu officially launched the construction of the multi-million NAPSA shopping mall at Freedom Park.
“This multi-million Kwacha shopping mall is undoubtedly a big boost to the economy of the Copperbelt in general and Kitwe in particular because it will create employment for the local people and provide market for local agricultural produce.
“So with the number of shopping malls increasing in Kitwe, farmers on the Copperbelt should ensure that they grow fresh vegetables and other crops to meet the demands of these shopping malls.
“I mean farmers and other businessmen on the Copperbelt should seize this opportunity to supply to the shopping malls,” Mr Osborn said.
Mr Osborn said apart from the shopping mall, the building will also house a top-class cinema, hotel, office complex, restaurants and other entertainment facilities.
He said the increasing number of shopping malls in Kitwe would create competition which was good for consumers because it provided them with a wide range of goods and services.
And Mr Osborn has urged Zambians to continue maintaining peace so that Zambia continued to be an ideal investment place in the region.
He said the current economic challenges Zambia was facing would not be solved through fighting, name-calling or change of government.
He said peace and political stability were always important for any country to continue attracting investment. Thus, Zambians should strive to maintain peace and unity in the face of economic challenges.
“If Zambians lose peace which they have been enjoying for some time, no investor will come to Zambia. But if you maintain peace, more investors will come to Zambia. I mean investors that may even contribute to genuine job creation.
“But it is up to you. If you think change of government will improve things, then you can make your own decision. If you think whoever will replace President Lungu will be able to dictate the copper price at the London Metal Exchange, then that will be your decision,” he said.