Zambia is committed to pursue policy objectives that will ensure sustainable development and creation of decent jobs says Miles Sampa
April 3, 2015 By Kafue - DEPUTY Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Miles Sampa says Zambia is committed to pursue policy objectives that will ensure sustainable development and creation of decent jobs.
Mr Sampa said the Zambian Government, in partnership with UN agencies and the Finnish Government, was implementing the Zambia Green Jobs Programme.
"This programme aims at promoting the creation of green and decent jobs through the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the building construction sector," Mr. Sampa said.
The Deputy Minister was speaking in New York during a panel discussion at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2015 integration segment on: "achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all".
"The programme facilitates and builds the capacity of finance and business service providers that support about 3,000 MSMEs in the building construction value chain."
He said green buildings would contribute to a more sustainable approach in alternative materials used, water and energy saving technologies applied in construction, waste management and sanitation.
He added that the programme would ensure better living standards for Zambians. "Sustainable development and greening in particular brings with it a number of benefits, which are environmental, economic and social in nature," Mr. Sampa said.
"It is expected that sustained, inclusive growth and job creation would be achieved while preserving and improving the quality of the environment in Zambia."
He informed the gathering that in February this year, the Government established the Zambia Green Building Association (ZGBA), which will coordinate green initiatives to drive sustainable transformation.
Originally published by Mwebantu