Government has observed that Zambian women are rising to the challenge of becoming engineers to work alongside their menfolk in an effort to contribute to national development.
Mr. Nkhuwa noted that women must be encouraged to take up engineering courses as they have an inborn fine finish to products.
ZANIS reports that Minister of Works and Supply Matthew Nkhuwa said this when he officiated at the second annual Women in Engineering conference in Ndola today whose theme is “accelerating the participation of women and girls in engineering.”
He said women will help in setting up highest standards of profession in Zambia and support the drive towards high quality and responsive solutions to the nation’s engineering challenges.
He explained that engineering is the bedrock of technology and has the potential to propel an economy.
Mr. Nkhuwa has since called on the Engineering Institute of Zambia to take a lead in facilitating and promoting women in the country to become engineers in different fields.
He said government has paid attention to the development of economic zones across the country to facilitate and attract investments which have strong engineering components.
He added that this will enable the transfer of skills and technologies to the people and provide for diversification of the economy towards sustainable industries which will be dependent on primary raw materials.