BRITISH entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group Richard Branson says he will look at the feasibility of helping Zambia establish a low-cost airline.
Sir Richard said it will be a great deal to bring on board Zambian entrepreneurs in setting up an airline.
He said in an interview yesterday that Zambia has numerous business opportunities and that it is encouraging to witness many entrepreneurs making progress.
“I have been approached [about the issue of setting an airline in Zambia] and when I leave, I will look at the feasibility. I certainly do not promise that we can make a success but will certainly have a look at it.
“It would be great to get Zambian entrepreneurs on setting up of a low-cost airline and maybe we can help a bit but it’s good to see Easy or Fast Jet whatever it’s called between Zambia and South Africa and that should be welcomed because we need more airlines like that,” he said.
Sir Richard further observed that Africa has recorded tremendous growth of between five and six percent annually much faster than Europe and America.
He said the continent is rapidly moving ahead and governments should realise that entrepreneurs are what makes the economy grow.
“There are a lot of opportunities in Zambia for businesses to expand and I think most of those businesses should be done by Zambians rather than people like myself,” Sir Richard said.
He urged Zambians to come up with innovative ways of doing business and to help invest money into the economy.
Sir Richard cited solar energy as one of the ventures Zambians can explore.
“Solar is now cheaper than coal and there should be a solar revolution to clean energy revolution which will save the country a lot of money,” he said.