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VEEP calls for investment in 93 resettlement schemes across the country

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Vice President Inonge Wina has called for the packaging of the 93 resettlement schemes across the country so as to ensure overall investment and development in the said areas. Mrs Wina observes that resettlement schemes have for a longtime not performed as planned as most of them are isolated and far from the mainstream social and economic development.

The Vice President highlights that the development has contributed to settlers in the scheme feeling neglected.

Mrs Wina said this when she graced the Resettlement Infrastructure Investment and Enterprise Support (ARIISE) programme at Pamodzi Hotel Plc.

“ Am optimistic that the implementation of the ARIISE programme will contribute in uplifting the social and economic status of the settlers in resettlement schemes, “ she said.

She disclosed that most of the land occupied by the settlers is fertile and if well utilized can turn Zambia into the food basket of the region.

Vice President Inonge Wina and Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba signing the concession agreement between the Government of Zambia and Nkhulu Zambia limited for implementing the Agreement Resettlement Infrastructure Investment and Enterprise Support (ARIISE) program at Pamondzi Hotel in Lusaka yesterday. Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
Vice President Inonge Wina and Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba signing the concession agreement between the Government of Zambia and Nkhulu Zambia limited for implementing the Agreement Resettlement Infrastructure Investment and Enterprise Support (ARIISE) program at Pamondzi Hotel in Lusaka yesterday. Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

The Vice President reiterated that Zambia is endowed with abundant resources needed to produce most of the food commodities demanded in all the neighbouring countries.

“Over one million hectares of land is currently in the hands of voluntary and involuntary settlers in some of Zambia’s most fertile regions in all the ten provinces.

“Unfortunately, the schemes have not performed as planned for decades because most of the schemes have been isolated from the mainstream social and economic development programmes leading to frustrations and feeling of neglect among settlers over the years, “ she said.

The Vice president added that as the country is well endowed with resources for production of the food commodities demanded in all the neighbouring countries, resettlement schemes can and should play a critical role in this regard under the ARIISE programme.

Mrs Wina says the signing of the concession agreement will enable cooperating partners to tap into the existing opportunities found in the resettlement schemes.

Vice President Inonge Wina (2nl) Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba (l), RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng-George Manyele (r) and, SABDF-Executive Director Jurgen Van Tonder (2nr) posing for the picture after signing the concession agreement between the Government of Zambia and Nkhulu Zambia limited for implementing the Agreement Resettlement Infrastructure Investment and Enterprise Support (ARIISE) program at Pamondzi Hotel in Lusaka yesterday. Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE ZANIS
Vice President Inonge Wina (2nl) Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba (l), RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng-George Manyele (r) and, SABDF-Executive Director Jurgen Van Tonder (2nr) posing for the picture after signing the concession agreement between the Government of Zambia and Nkhulu Zambia limited for implementing the Agreement Resettlement Infrastructure Investment and Enterprise Support (ARIISE) program at Pamondzi Hotel in Lusaka yesterday. Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE ZANIS

And speaking earlier, Southern African Business Development Forum (SABDF) Executive Director Jabu Mabobo says his organisation has identified Angola as a potential market for the commodities to be produced in Zambia under the ARIISE programme.

Mr Mabobo stated that the forum has opened its doors to private partners instead of it sourcing finances from Member States.

Later the Vice President signed the concession agreement on behalf of the government for the development of the western corridor trade facilitation routes inclusive of resettlement schemes and border facilities through a Finance, Design, Construct, Rehabilitate, Operate, Maintain and Transfer (FDBROMT) public private partnership model.

Under the concession agreement over 300,000 families are expected to benefit from all the 93 resettlement schemes across the country.

5 COMMENTS

  1. These talking shops have been heard from UNIP days and I don’t see them bearing fruits unless there is change of leadership.

  2. PF has done NOTHING for TEN years, and now ONE DAY before the election, they come with EMPTY PROMISES. I live in one of those resettlement schemes, and NOTHING has ever happened. The roads are one big pothole, no electricity. Thank you but no thank you. We’ll vote for SOMEONE ELSE.

  3. WAKE UP ZAMBIANS WAKE UP

    THE UPRISING HAS BEGUN

    VOTE FOR THE ZAMBIA WE WANT

    ZAMBIANS FIRST,NOT CHINA FIRST

    OUT WITH THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE OF A GOVERNMENT,
    A GOVERNMENT OF THIEVES FOR THIEVES

    WAKE UP

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