Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Ziazongo Siakalenge says he will engage the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to consider lifting the ban on timber in order to accord local manufacturers an opportunity to trade effectively.
Mr Siakalenge was speaking when he toured Sikale Wood Manufacturers Limited in Lusaka to acquaint himself with the company’s operations.
He said the ban on timber which is aimed at striking a delicate balance on the preservation of resources will ensure that regulations on the use of trees are adhered to.
The PS said the establishment of the company is a good development as it is in line with government’s plan of promoting private sector investors.
He said government is committed to supporting such business ventures in order to create job opportunities for Zambians.
And Sikale Wood Manufacturers Limited Liu Run Min said $500 million dollars investment has since provided 150 direct jobs for Zambians.
He said the raw materials are bought from Kaoma in Western Province but with the current ban on timber, the business has not been operating effectively.
Mr Min asked for government’s support in order to make the business venture in Zambia a success.