Government has declared Solwezi District as an economic zone.

Commerce ,Trade and Industry Minister Felix Mutati said this in Solwezi, today, after touring Africa’s largest Copper mine at Lumwana.

Mr Mutati said the the declaration of Solwezi district as an economic zone comes after the increased economic activities in the Northwestern Province, particularly the mine activities.

He said it was government’s hope that the economic zone would help increase direct tax and more employment activities for the local people and beyond.

Government has declared a number of economic zones in the country like the Chambishi and the Lusaka economic zones with the help of bilateral partners like China to boost economic activities in Zambia.

On Lumwana Mines, Mr Mutati said the mine had brought industrialization in the province and the neighbouring Copper belt Province as it would help boost the economy of the nation.

He particularly noted the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO)’s investment in supplying power to the mines saying the installation of power to the mine would speed up the processing of the copper ore rather than manually.

And the mine extracted copper ore which had 41 percent pure copper for the first time the processing plant was installed 12 year ago.

Lumwana Mine managing Director Harry Micheal told Mr Mutati that the copper concentrate mined today had 41 percent copper adding that his team was targeting to mine 45 percent of copper ore.
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38 COMMENTS

  1. But there is so much govt need to put in place and not leave the poor zambioans at the mercy of the investors.

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  2. Guys. I`m looking for response. Xeviar Chungu Jeted into the country today. Nyama soya must stay home and sort out the food crisis instead of going for a talk show in Burundi.

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  3. When a prostitute goes to a bar or tarvern, she declares the area an economic zone. But what does she get out of there, AIDS and subsequent death. We keep on declaring towns and place economic zones but nothing comes out of the same. Ndola, Luanshya if my memory serves me well have at one time or another been designated as economic zones but what is in those towns for us to see. Nothing, kulibe. Let us be serious with what we pronounce. It should not just be for window dressing please. We are not any different from the behaviour of prostitutes who consider themselves economically viable on their way to the grave. Zambia is headed for the grave economically.

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  4. OK. kalulu kambaka is that your name? WHich country are you in? Just the country please. CAnt figure out from the flag. I think I know who you are referring to.

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  5. I googled flags and found out you were in Italy. No, I don’t think you know me or is it I know you. I just know one kaonde in England.

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  6. There is no doubt about it, Solwezi must is really fit to be called an Economic Zone. In fact this shoud have been the who of North-Western Province.

    VIVA NORTH WESTERN. I am very proud of my Provice for we are now on the world map.

    How about Ku Luapula? Ha. Ha, Ha, Ha, Bunda bwa chongo

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  7. Mr Mutati, how about agriculture please.

    We need more investment in agriculture and tourism. This will most definitely boost Zambia’s economy. Mr Mutati, please next time consider agriculture. Copper will finish one day but agriculture will last us for a lifetime. Consider agriculture.

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  8. PA NSAKWA YABAKAONDE. I VISITED ZAMBIA TWO YEARS AGO,AND I HAD TO REACH SOLWEZI. I WAS SO AMAZED TO SEE HOW CROWDED SOLWEZI HAS BECOME. BAKAPONYA FROM C/B HAVE ALSO MIGRATED TO SOLWEZI.IT’S VERY SAD THAT THE GOVERMENT FOCUSES ON WHAT PART OF THE COUNTRY AT A TIME AND ABANDONS THE OTHER SIDES.WE NEED DEVELOPMENT IN ALL AREAS ,SO THAT PEOPLE CAN BE ESTABLISHED IN THIER AREAS .

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  9. LT can you involve professionals in your stories for proof reading. You don’t mine copper concentrates. You mine raw ore and make copper concentrates. dont mislead people please and make a correction to your story.

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  10. This Mutati chap thinks like a baby given sweets in a day and hopes the future of sweets. Has this fela ben to school.

    Zambia gets no value out of minerals.the little taxes collected goes for campaigns,salary & allowance of few individuals.

    Solwezi will soon be a ghosy town like others in c/belt, just wait.

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  11. Copper mines are laying off workers in thousands all over the world, No investor in his right mind would want to invest millions of dollars in a copper mine.Copper mines in the Southwest Arizona and New Mexico are closing down.Zambians our problems will not be solved by the so called investors,Zambia has land and too many able body men and women, It is land that produces all the industries.

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  12. i concur with # 14,these declarations dont add any meaningful valueto towns.For example Ndola,there is nothing really to be happy about ,these are jst political pronouncement to massage N/Western dwellers ego

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  13. #28 Is right. LT, this story has a lot of errors. Consult professionals please.

    Regarding Mutati’s economic zones, Can the minister tell us how Zambia has benefited so far from zones declared in other parts of Zambia. We should move away from semantics and shallow thinking. No wonder clever foreigners keep taking advantage of our country.

    Mutati is an educated man so we expect better from him. He shouldnt be like some politicians who have never been to school.

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  14. these zones, how effective are they in this part of the world zambia in particular? what happened to the formation of the Zambia Export Processing Zones,lets not copy western packages any how, this zone that zone, in the end it will be….UBZ zone

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