Government through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) is expected to construct three Corporate and Business parks in Mansa District at an estimated cost of 22 million United States dollars.
The corporate and business parks will include hotels, office space and a shopping mall.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Luapula Province Investment Coordinator Joseph Maopu said the works are to begin this year starting with the construction of a shopping Mall in Chabala Muwe area at a cost of 5 million Dollars.
He said another business park will be constructed at Mansa Trades Institute at an estimated cost $10 million.
He added that the mall to be constructed at Mansa Civic Hotel between Mansa Municipal Council and D-Tech Engineering is estimated at 6 million Dollars and construction will begin in 2020 to 2021.
Mr. Maopu noted that the construction works of the Mall at Chabala Muwe which will be known as Mansa Mall will commence in the first quarter of 2019 and be operational before the end of the year.
He said with the coming of Mansa Mall Mansa residents will be able to enjoy the benefits of a liberal economy and multi-national chain stores that can offer quality goods and products.
Mr. Maopu has since urged local businesses houses to start preparing themselves so that they are not displaced in business once the malls come in the district.
He explained that through the council government will ensure that it signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with multinational companies to link up with local businesses such as farmers to sale their products in supermarkets.
Mr. Maopu said the coming of these business parks also gives an opportunity for farmers to start producing on a large scale because the demand for local products will increase.
And Mansa Municipal Council Mayor Emmanuel Chungu says the construction of Mansa Mall will help decongest Shoprite which is the biggest supermarket in Mansa at the moment.
Mr Chungu says the coming of the Mall will also help create employment for the local people especially the youths.