Government has given the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) a six weeks ultimatum to start disbursing the citizen economic empowerment funds to the intended recipients.

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Felix Mutati said the process of disbursing funds by the commission should be speeded up so that people do not lose hope in the commission.

Mr. Mutati noted that there is need for the CEEC to start working out modalities and publish the guidelines on how the citizen should access the funds.

He advised the CEEC to come up with a strategy of reaching out to all parts of country and ensure that the fund is accessible to all beneficiaries within six weeks.

Speaking at the launch of CEEC Company Logo, the Minister ordered the commission to ensure that they start disbursing the funds before it holds any other gatherings like workshops, seminars among others.

He said he did not want to see a situation were he will start explaining what the CEEC is all about when parliament resumes sitting in June.

Meanwhile, Government has implored the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to ensure transparency and accountability in the disbursement of the economic funds.

Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Felix Mutati says the Commission should further ensure that the funds are accessible by all the targeted beneficiaries in the country.

Mr. Mutati explained that the economic funds should not be treated as a Bank loan or grant but be seen as a grant meant for empowering the local citizens so that they can contribute to national development.

He noted that the collateral and payment terms should be flexible and not discourage people to apply for the funds.

Mr. Mutati said government has pledged its support to ensure that people are economically empowered for the betterment of their lives.

He stressed that people want to see transformation of funds from policy to implementation.

The Minister was speaking in Lusaka today when he officiated at the launch of CEEC Organisation Logo.

And speaking earlier, CEEC Commissioner Dillon Chipungu said the Organisation aims at changing the way business is conducted in the country.

Mr. Chipungu said the Commission remains committed to promote economic transformation in order to increase the participation of Zambian citizens in the economic activities of the country.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. This is news to me. Who is eligible for this fund? I can love to have a share. God help me access this fund.

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  2. Remember, MMD members first otherwise all the commissioners Bazwee.Under KK it was “it pays to belong to UNIP”, Chiluba it was kulyapofye, under Bill Clinton, it was the mogul Ron Burkle,Victor Pinchuk.
    Bush its been Texas Rangers, Oil companies, Blackwater the over night multi-Billion Dollar turned Shadow Army, Halliburton oil and Contracts,Tom Hicks,Charles Wyly and his brother Sam, theBass Brothers Enterprises not forgeting the Published on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 by the Baltimore Sun
    Neil Bush triangle.Lets take care of our support base first ignoring all wafflings.

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  3. What I do not understand is why can’t the government have a website for info on how to qualify, access all the various programmes it want the citizens to know about?The situation where only a few have information leads to people who are in need of this resource and have very little info to engage themselves incorruption so that they can access the system hence thinking they are working the system and are cool since they have gotten their faster than Mulenga their neighbor.( Sorry all mulengas’ out there!)

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  4. #4. Good point. The CEEC should set up a website, run some adverts or features or documentaries on TV,newspapers and radio so that we are informed on the procedure and requirements. Why should we hear about the CEEC from the minister all the time.

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  5. as a Zambian i feel the opportunity is now available for us to be able to take local business to a high new level. let the CEEC not be partial in there reviewing of proposals.

    All the best to the drivers

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  6. As a Zambia living abroad, i feel such projects will encourage other people like me who lost hope in our country, to return home and contribute to the countries economic growth and development so please, get this running and sorted and make it available to the the people who need it.

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  7. why lose hope in your country when you are supposed to be here and make a difference by fighting for your rights. why enjoy what others have fought for in their countries instead of developing your own country, just come back here and do your best. with me I am forging ahead and will be part of this development process and I will be sucessful in my own country.

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  8. From the time I heard about the formation of CEEC, I have been keen to learn variuous steps concerning when the money will be ready for the people. As someone observed, why can’t the Government lauch a website specifically for this important programme and / or indeed conduct massive sensitization to the beneficiaries of these funds. Recently we heard that the monies werenow available for use in (Solwezi).Why not all the provinces of Zambia?I think the responsible people in this programme are delaying this Very Good caurse.

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  9. Congrats Zambia. I am busy putting together a winning proposal and thinking of registering a company. It is still not clear though where one has to submit the proposal. The money is in the bank yes but it is not clear which bank. I hear there are some special structures where one submits proposals? Where do I get a clarification?

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  10. let the govt sets up a website to make the information accessible online. we hope this will benefit the small business houses and not the already TYCOONS of our times. we have seen it working in other countries to make small 100% citizen owned companies to become major players in the countries economic activities. lets use it wisely for mother zambia. lets revive the manufacturing industries to cut on imports and boost the export capabilities. go zed go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we are coming back.

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  11. flag Am pleased by the gvt action to give CEEC ultimatum to which they should begin to dibursin funds.bt should appeal to the gvt that it should highlight much on how to access this fund,procedure & the criteria that wiil be used on the allocation of funds

    coment

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  12. Dear Sir, It makes good to hear that you have directed CEEC to start disbursing funds withing six weeks.It is indeed better because i have applied twice to CEEC through our provincial adminstration office to access a loan so that i can start a business in a manufacture industry. No response to that effect,this made to write Hon. Namugala as my business had to with deforestation,she then direct my letter to your Ministry, Commerce,Trade and Industry where you Hon. Mutati is a Minister and the same time overseer of CEEC beside Mrs Mable Mung’mba the COE of CEEC. Sir, i humbly request your indulgency in my case.

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