An American housing company called Enviro Board has confirmed its interest to invest in Zambia and the region.
This follows the visit to Brazil and the United States by Government and the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) in 2012 in pursuant to the invitation to Enviro Board Corporation.
Enviro Board has since appointed a local team to spearhead its operations in Africa and Zambia in particular.
Vincent Chakulya and Chabuka Kawesha will head Southern Africa and Zambia respectively.
In a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Enviro Board Corporation Chairman, Glenn Camp, has thanked the authorities and the people of Zambia for the opportunities to invest in the country.
Enviro Board Corporation had together with Zambian officials discussed the use of Enviro Board’s fiber extrusion technology as a ‘Solution’ for a sustainable and affordable housing model for the people of Zambia.
The Enviro Board milling technology converts many agricultural waste materials such as wheat straw, rice straw and elephant grass and sisal into concrete-like wall panels for construction of homes, commercial structures, warehouses, hospitals and schools at a significantly lower cost than pre-existing conventional building processes.
Mr Camp said the company has a great opportunity in 2014 to bring Enviro Board’s durable, affordable and simple building system to the people of Zambia.
He said setting up multiple mills in all ten provinces will allow the Zambian people to construct more than half a million homes over the next ten years, thus significantly reducing Zambia’s severe housing deficit.
Mr Camp said Enviro Board factories will create 3,200 direct and over 10,000 indirect jobs drastically increasing employment levels country wide.
He further said the transfer of Enviro Board’s innovative technology allows the Zambian workers to multiply their respective skills and competencies in the housing, development and construction markets.
Mr Camp said Enviro Board technology will become a tool for the Zambian people in creating a sense of pride and joy in developing, building and sustaining the quality of life for their own people.