Government has challenged management at the Chinese owned Jinfa Steel Company in Chambeshi on the Copperbelt to respect Zambian workers and add value to the Country’s economy.
Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo says he has received disturbing reports on the activities at JINFA Steel limited in Chambeshi and hopes things will change for the better.
Mr. Lusambo says while foreign investment is welcome, it is important for investors to respect Zambian laws and human rights.
He was speaking when he toured the 5 million US dollars steel plant.
The minister urged management to ensure business is done in a conducive environment.
And on social responsibility Mr. Lusambo appealed to the company to work closely with the community to ensure that projects benefit the local people are implemented.
Meanwhile, Kalulushi District Commissioner Ken Siyachisumo urged management at JINFA to give priority to local residents when employing.
Earlier, JINFA Spokesperson John Mutale said 85 per cent of the workforce is from the local community.
Mr. Mutale said the company is also complying with all government statutory obligations to contribute to the Country’s economic growth.