By KENNEDY MUPESENI –
THE Kitwe District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KDCCI) is scouting for K2.8 million for the construction of a secretariat to conveniently serve its members.
KDCCI president Anthony Kabaghe said the chamber had embarked on the robust rebranding programme for the chamber to contribute significantly to the economy of the local and national economy.
“We need to promote intra-trade among chamber membership by improving communication. In this vein we have targeted to raise K2.8 million which will go a long way in building the image of the chamber and let me take this opportunity to appeal to the business community to support this venture,” Mr Kabaghe said.
He said this during the award gala held at Kitwe’s Garden Court Hotel on Friday night which attracted representation from more than 200 entities.
During the award ceremony the business executive of the year award went to London Mwafulilwa with Sakiza Spinning Company bagging best industrial award among many other companies.
Officiating at the event, Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame said Government would continue forging partnerships with the private sector to foster economic development in the country.
“We need a vibrant copper industry to add value to the mineral thereby promoting forward and backward business linkages in the mining sector,” Ms Siame said.
She said Government was ready to dialogue with the private sector to improve on the policy environment and that Kitwe should play a leading role in promoting local content.
“Government would like to see companies in Kitwe and elsewhere start displaying the new proudly Zambian logo comes January 2019.
“And I am happy that the Private Enterprise Programme Zambia (PEP-Zambia) and Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) are supporting local content programmes to enhance local enterprises’ capacities,” Ms Siame said.