Green Jobs Creates 2, 500 jobs
2nd October 2015. More than 2, 500 jobs have been created in the last 24 months under the Zambia Green Jobs Project. Zambia Green Jobs Project is a private sector development program aimed at promoting sustainable enterprise, job creation, protecting people and preserving quality of environment as it involves use of local products.
The four year program – 2013 September to 2017 August, is part of the United Nations response to the growing consensus over importance of placing employment at the centre of all national development efforts to reduce challenges in unemployment, especially in women and youths.
Speaking in an interview with The New Age Newspaper in Solwezi, Tapera Muzira, Chief Technical Advisor, said Zambia is one of the unique countries in the world to have this project especially today when the whole world is looking at Sustainable Development Goals from the just ended Millennium Development Goals.
Mr. Muzira said the Green Jobs Programme puts Zambia way ahead of other countries in meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals.
"This is one of the unique areas that address the goals that were just signed by all countries at the United Nations in New York end of September 2015.
It's a programme that really looks into the future and tries to ensure that Zambia is transforming its economy towards a greener and sustainable economy and promotes job creation poverty reduction and also social development," he said.
The ZGJP Steering Committee that comprises of various stakeholders that includes Women in Construction, Trade Unions, Government Ministries, cooperating partners among others, were in North Western and Copperbelt Provinces to check on Green projects being undertaken in the areas.
Among the sites visited were the demo project of the construction of 10, 000 low cost housing units at Kalumbila Housing Project and 500 by Barrick Lumwana in Solwezi, Lafarge Zambia Demo unit in Ndola and Kalulushi Clay Brick Factory and Zambia Homeless and Poor People's Federation Solar Retrofitted units in Kalulushi.
The team also visited Copperbelt University (CBU) were the institution is greening its curriculum so as to equip students with Green Technology and transform their mind sets to thinking green in their architect.
The Steering Committee led by Finnish Ambassador, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Director, Alexio Musindo also paid a courtesy call on North Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya at his office in Solwezi.
Mr. Kafwaya was quick to mention that the Province is desperate in need of infrastructure development as can be seen with developments so far taking place in the area.
"We are desperate for development especially in terms of construction." The Minister said.
"We are just constructing a new Shopping Mall here and we are waiting if we can see more coming. But the construction we are talking about is the state of art because we want to beautify our province.
So let's work as a team and I can assure you that any project you want to bring to the Province is welcome." He adds
And Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Timo Olkkonen noted that Solwezi and other parts of the province has a huge potential not only because of the mining going on but other forms of development too.
He further urged that the proramme should not end after the four year clocks in 2017, but that it should exceed and endeavour to empower more Zambians.
In this project, more than 3, 000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises will benefit through business linkages and competitive capacity building.
The ZGJP further targets 5, 000 new green jobs by 2017 with 2, 000 jobs of better quality.
The project funded by Finland to a tune of US $11 million, a US $1million from the United Nations while the Zambian government is only pumping in US $200, 000.
Originally published by Arthur Davies Sikopo, The New Age Newspaper