EEC to soon complete sensitization on cluster chain concept

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The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) will soon complete it awareness programmes for its cluster chain concept following consultations in all the provinces of the country.


CEEC Communications and Public Relations Manager Glenda Masebe said key clusters have been proposed for every province after a lot of research.


Ms. Masebe said in Eastern province, dairy, cotton and groundnuts industries have been proposed for establishment in Chipata, Lundazi and Petauke respectively.


She said this in Lusaka today in response to a ZANIS press query.


She said it was important for stakeholders to be sensitised before the cluster value chain was implemented so that they understood the new strategy of the CEEC empowerment programme for the next four years.


Ms. Masebe explained that the commission had not received applications for funds because the new strategy requires that empowerment funds are not given to individuals but to industries.


She disclosed that the commission had proposed poultry, dairy and fisheries industries for Lusaka province but this is subject to consultations that were yet to be conducted.


Ms. Masebe stressed that the CEEC did not want to impose any industry on the people hence its decision to carry out consultations.


She stated that CEEC would be holding one final stakeholders’ meeting for Lusaka next week.


Last year, the CEEC temporarily suspended the issuance and processing of new applications for empowerment funds until further notice.