The Commission in 2016 leveraged K300 million five-year funding from the African Development Bank for development of seven (7) Industrial Yards in Mongu, Solwezi, Mansa, Kasama Kitwe, Ndola Districts as well as three (3) in Lusaka Province through the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project –Supporting Women and Youth.
The project will move Zambia to a new level of light manufacturing in metal fabrication, woodwork,auto care, agro-processing and gemstone processing and services. It will create at least 4,000 light manufacturing jobs and services, predominantly for young people.
The Project is also financing the Cassava Commercialization Initiative in Solwezi, Mansa and Kasama Districts as well as Copperbelt and Lusaka Provinces. It will transform value addition to Cassava in Zambia and create at least 12,000 jobs along the Cassava Value Chain Business Support Centres aimed at strengthening business development services will also be established at CEEC provincial offices in Solwezi, Mansa, Kasama, Chipata, Ndola, Mongu and Lusaka.
In 2017, ground-breaking was done for Mansa and Chipata Industrial Yards.
The fish subsector is designated as one of the priority value chains. Through development of fish ponds and cages in Siavonga, Chavuma, Mwandi, Kitwe, Luanshya, Ndola, Rufunsa, Mpulungu and Serenje the Commission raised investment in smallholder aquaculture to a new level in Zambia.
In Chavuma District, Beauty Muhongo was one of the youths supported with a loan amount of K99,610.00 for the construction of two 25x50m fish ponds, guard house, wire fence, supply of fingerlings and stock feed. On October 30, 2017, Beauty harvested her first pond with a yield of over 600 kilograms of table fish. The size of the fish was ranging between 350 grams to 600 grams per fish. The fish was sold at a price of K35.00 per kilogram. A marketing agreement with Chavuma Fish Centre worth K14, 000.00 was facilitated for the client.
Mpulungu District was supported under the Aquaculture Value Chain in 2013 with a total disbursement of K2,576,000.00. 20 farmers stocked their ponds with fingerlings out of which 6 farmers have since harvested an average of 1.5 tons of fish. Market Linkages were facilitated by the Commission to Kasama
Nursing School, Kasama College of Education and Mpulungu Boarding School and major market places in Kasama District.
CEEC under the provisions of Section 21 (1) and (2) of the CEEC Act No. 9 of 2006 is undertaking activities that lead to increased investment opportunities for targeted citizens, including among other measures, to identify, propose and gazette areas of commerce trade and industry to be reserved for investment by targeted citizens, citizen influenced, empowered and owned companies.
Pursuant to Section 21 of the Act, His Excellency the President, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, on 1st January 2017 signed into law Statutory Instrument (SI) Number 1 of 2017 Reservation Scheme which stipulates that;
“The sale of live birds in a market or any other place designated under written law is reserved for targeted Citizens, Citizen-Influenced Companies, Citizen-Empowered Companies and Citizen Owned Companies”.
Further, Domestic Haulage works for all public procurement works have been reserved for targeted Citizens, Citizen-Influenced, Citizen-Empowered and Citizen Owned Companies”.
The Commission has been promoting the development of the Beef Value Chain in Namwala District since 2014 where it has funded 34 projects valued at K3,115,929.86. One of the beneficiaries of this initiative is Shafro Farms, a cattle ranch with a herd of 1,700 cattle. In 2014, CEEC approved and disbursed a loan of K520,830 for the enterprise to introduce a feedlot or cattle fattening component on the Farm. The performance of the business was impressive leading to CEEC approving an additional loan amount of K1, 000,000 to expand the enterprise. The Farm produces an average of 100 fattened cattle per cycle of three (3) months thereby giving revenue of K360, 000 per quarter in addition to other revenue streams on the Farm. The Farm employs 15 workers, 6 of whom were employed following funding from CEEC.
To increase participation of Zambian citizens in strategic industries, the Commission facilitated the ope-rationalization of a water bottling plant in Zimba District with a disbursement of K490,000 to Muna Aqua. The plant has a capacity of 6,000 cases per hour and 11 jobs have been created.
The Commission facilitated the establishment of a mango juice factory by Adastra Fruit Juice Processors Ltd in Mongu District, with a production capacity of 8 metric tonnes of pulp per day, three times the capacity of the parastatal ZAMhort mango juice plant that closed in Mongu District the late 1980s.
2017 saw the launch of a water bottling line at the plant.
Muchinga Dairy Limited acquired a loan from CEEC amounting to K2, 057,429.00 to procure milk processing equipment in order to establish a milk processing plant. The processing plant is expected to be operational in April 2018. The company is expected to employ 16 people during the first phase
of the operation, 20 in the second phase (growth stage) of operations and over 30 in the maturity stage of the operation.
Mr. Gerald Ngandu of Likwabilile Farms, located in Mpima, Kabwe District successfully acquired 16 incalf Fresian dairy cows with a K446,601.90 loan from CEEC also to cater for feed, drugs and fencing.
Musoleka is a Farm enterprise situated 42km north east of Solwezi Central Business District, in the Kainamfuma Farm Resettlement Scheme. The enterprise received funding amounting to K524, 000.00 for the purchase of 10 dairy cows, a refrigerated truck, construction of a kraal and milking parlor. The
business is now producing around one hundred (100) liters of milk per day.