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BSLT urges government to create industrial parks

• A deliberate program must be established where a portion of the CDF is allocated in setting up industrial parks.
• Creation of industrial parks will only be possible if stakeholders ensure that 17 SDGs become part of the development agenda.
• Government must expedite empowerment of the youths and people living with disabilities.

A Non-governmental Organization has called for the creation of industrial parks in each constituency specifically for the youths and people living with disabilities by 2026.
Born Short Living Tall Executive Director Ntalasha Chisha told Money FM News that part of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) can be used to set up industrial parks, in order to deal with the high unemployment levels.
Mr. Chisha however said the creation of industrial parks can only be possible if government, members of parliament across political diverse and other stakeholders take a leading role in ensuring that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) become part of the country’s development agenda.
He noted that despite the country not achieving much in implementing the Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs), this is a golden opportunity for government, the private sector and other stakeholders to work together in tackling poverty, youth unemployment, clean drinking water, climate change, quality education and the energy crisis which are all enshrined in the SDGs.
“The creation of these parks will mark the new era for both the public and private sector to deepen and broaden their sustainability efforts in impacting the lives of the most vulnerable in society,” Mr. Chisha said.
He added that the new Government has a great opportunity to draw goal oriented empowerment policies that will change the lives of youths and people living with disabilities.
“Governments have come and gone without showing viable results of their empowerment programs to the marginalized citizens. The New dawn administration has a great opportunity to draw goal oriented empowerment policies that will change the lives of youths and people living with disabilities.”
“Furthermore, Government has to introduce result based financing to a higher-degree in order to achieve this. This is also very possible with greater private sector involvement. This week will be sharing our proposal with the relevant ministries and the President will be in copy of our progressive idea,” he added.
And Mr. Chisha reaffirmed calls for government to speed up empowerment of youths and the differently abled by institutionalizing the 17 SDGs in the job creation agenda.
“Our hope is that the New Dawn administration of President Hakainde Hichilema will foster partnerships with local NGOs and other associations in creating a conducive playing field for the adoption and implementation of the17 sustainable development goals as fulcrum for the empowerment of youths and people living with disabilities,” Mr. Chisha added.

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