Outgoing-Engineering Council of Zambia (EIZ) president Bernard Chiwala has urged President Edgar Lungu to consider establishing a President’s Council of Advisors on Science, Technology and Industrialization (PRECASTI).
Mr. Chiwala said the establishment of PRECASTI would over-see the promotion of local innovation in the country thereby industrialising the nation.
Mr. Chiwala said PRECASTI would be a rightful body to advise President Lungu on industrialising Zambia as opposed to the Head of State receiving proposals from individuals and organisations.
Mr. Chiwala said PRECASTI could be used as a right channel to recommend most effective proposals to government.
The out-going EIZ boss said this in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Works and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga who over the weekend installed the new EIZ executive led by George Sitali challenged the institute to position itself as government national advisor on technology and national development.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chiwala has disclosed that the construction for the new building for the Engineering Council of Zambia has reached 50 percent.
He said the building is expected to be completed in April next year.
Mr. Chiwala, an Engineer himself, dismissed claims by some sections of society that Zambian engineers have less ability in undertaking developmental projects.
He cited the Mongu/Kalabo road where a named Zambian contractor was engaged as one of the major capital project that was executed in collaboration with a Chinese contractor.
He has since urged the Zambian people to support local engineers as they have the capacity and ability to execute huge projects when called upon in any part of the country instead of giving first preference to foreigners.