GOVERNMENT has requested Japan Tobacco International (JTI) which is a
global tobacco company to set up a cigarette manufacturing industry in
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said when JTI
officials paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Chipata
that he was looking forward to see to it that the tobacco
company set up a cigarette manufacturing industry in the province.
“This can be a good idea because most of the tobacco is being produced
from Eastern Province and I am looking forward to see to it that JTI
set up a cigarette processing plant (manufacturing) in this
province,”Mr Kasolo said.
Mr Kasolo said President Edgar Lungu has been
encouraging investments stating that he was looking for various
investments opportunities from the corporate World.
He said he would ensure that he works in line with the ‘Walk the Talk’
and implement what was in the Patriotic Front (PF) Manifesto by
lobbying for more investments.
He said JTI had shown a good example of ploughing back to the
community through different initiatives.
He explained that Government was aware that JTI has drilled 96
boreholes in the farming communities as part of providing access to
Mr Kasolo said it was also gratifying that JTI has rehabilitated
classrooms blocks at Vizenge and Sisinje Primary Schools with addition
of providing the computer hub.
And JTI Zambia Leaf Operations Manager Ezekiel Mtonga said JTI was
thrilled with the partnership with the Government.
Mr Mtonga said JTI has been supporting a number of key social economic
programmes that include improving the quality of education in its
areas of operations.
“It is for this reason that in April 2016, JTI embarked on a school
rehabilitation project aimed at improving education facilities at
Sisinje and Vizenge primary schools,”he said.
Mr Mtonga said JTI would ensure that it continues to provide education
and access to safe water in various communities.
Meanwhile, Eastern Province Education Officer Dr Allan Lingambe hailed
JTI for coming up with such investments in the education sector.