Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project Supporting Women and Youth

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR OCCUPATION OF INDUSTRIAL YARDS.

Background

The Government of the Republic of Zambia received financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) towards the implementation of the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project Supporting Women and Youth and intends to apply part of the funds for the development of Industrial Yards in Zambia through the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC).

The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission is a body corporate established through the enactment of the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006 to foster broad-based economic empowerment. Broad-based economic empowerment is defined in the Act as ‘the economic empowerment of targeted citizens, citizen influenced companies, citizen empowered companies and citizen owned companies through diverse but integrated socio-economic strategies that include ownership of productive assets and resources, increasing the levels of employment in the formal sector, increasing household incomes, expanding literacy and skills development, and ensuring preferential procurement and access to services of state institutions.

In line with the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project Supporting Women and Youth in Zambia, CEEC is under Option One (1) constructing 8 Industrial Yards in Lusaka, Chipata, Mongu, Ndola, Kitwe, Solwezi, Mansa and Kasama Districts. Each Industrial Yard has on offer
a. 10m x 10m general workshops,
b. A spray booth and auto mechanic workshop,
c. Timber curing kiln,
d. Bulk storage warehouse and a
e. Restaurant to provide food and beverage in the Industrial Yards
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It is estimated that 300 MSMES will participate in Option 1 and will have opportunities to access business loans from Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission-CEEC for purchase of equipment and for working capital. It is expected that this intervention will create at least 4,000 jobs in the Industrial Yards by 2021.

The Industrial Yards will each provide electric power supply from ZESCO and water supply from boreholes

The Industrial Yards will also provide financial and banking services such as ATMs, cleaning services and garbage collection and security services.
The Commission is now calling for applications from targeted citizens and targeted companies to occupy light manufacturing workshops for purposes of metal fabrication, wood processing, auto mechanics, agro processing, gemstone processing, Information and Communication technology-ICT and energy as well as bulk storage, timber curing kilns and restaurants to commercially operate in the following Industrial Yards;
1. Mongu industrial Yard
2. Solwezi Industrial Yard
3. Kasama Industrial Yard
4. Ndola Industrial Yard
5. Chipata Industrial Yard
Application should be through the Application Forms provided by the Commission. Submissions that will not use the Application Form will not be considered. Applicants needing help to fill-out the Application Forms may contact the CEEC Provincial offices.

Eligibility
In order to bring on board a cadre of productive MSMEs in the Industrial Yards, the following will conditions will apply

a. Must be Zambian with fixed abode and eligible for economic empowerment
under the CEE Act No 9 of 2006
b. Must be an active entrepreneur and productive in the last three years or
demonstrate working experience in the business
c. Must be ready to work in cooperation with other entrepreneurs within the Industrial Yard

Application Forms can be obtained from the respective CEEC Provincial Offices and from the CEEC Project Office at Plot #45, Joseph Mwilwa Road, in Rhodes Park, Lusaka and from the CEEC website: www.ceec.org.zm

DEADLINE AND PLACE OF SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: The deadline for submission of applications is 31st May 2019

Applications MUST be placed in the CEEC Tender box marked “CEEC Industrial Yards” at the CEEC Provincial Office of the respective Industrial Yards. For example, those applying to operate in the Mongu Industrial Yard should submit their applications at the CEEC office in Mongu.

In line with Government’s policy, the Commission prioritizes and encourages participation of women and youth entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Submissions should be addressed to
The Director General
Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission
Empowerment House
Plot #6457, Los Angeles Boulevard
P.O. Box 35068
Long Acres
LUSAKA

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