A development analyst claims putting up a car assembly plant will increase Zambia’s productivity adding that such a move would bring money that can be used to support other sectors of the economy such as Agriculture. He further laments that setting up a car assembly plant would also bring in the much needed foreign exchange in the country, a move he says will move the country a step forward in the development process of the country. A University of Zambia (UNZA) development analyst has called on government to consider opening a vehicle assembly plant.
Speaking with the Lusaka Star in an interview, Brivery Siamabele said putting up a car assembly plant will increase Zambia’s productivity explaining that such a move would bring money that can be used to support other sectors of the economy such as Agriculture.
“You will find that if the cars were assembled locally, they would be cheaper such that even subsistence farmers could afford to buy trucks and such would help them become commercial farmers,” Mr. Siamabele explained.
He lamented that the setting up of a car assembly plant would also bring in the much needed foreign exchange in the country, a move he claims will move the country a step forward in the development process.
“The priority target should be Zambians, but if the supply was more than the demand, then these extra vehicles would be exported to bring in foreign exchange,” he explained.
The development analyst further said if such was done, the country would be forced to increase its technical know-how as there would be need for engineers to do the assembling.
“Because we do not have an assembly plant in Zambia, there are no people knowledgeable in that field. But putting it up would force government to come up with a program that would train assemblers,” he said.
Mr. Siamabele explained that it was very possible for the country to come up with a car assembly citing Livingstone Motor Assembly during Dr. Kenneth Kaunda’s regime as an example.
He said in order for government to establish an assembly plant, there was need to come up with manufacturing factory that will provide the parts needed for vehicle assemblage.
Mr. Siamabele has since called on government to consider establishing a car assembly plant that would help generate revenue for the country through foreign direct investment that would come about due to the exportation of excess cars to other countries.
FIFA GRASSROOTS PROJECT DUE FOR TAKE OFF
The Ministry of Sports and FAZ has laid the ground for FIFA spearheaded grassroots project for youth development.
Ministry of Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said the project will be under the wings of the Ministry of Education and will target youth from eight years going upwards.
The tripartite agreement will be signed next Wednesday and will formalize the commitment of the parties to work together to implement the FIFA Grassroots Project from 2017-2020.
“The FIFA Grassroots project will cover three parties which is Ministry of Education, Sports and FAZ,” she said.
And FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said that the project will enhance the development of football.
Liwewe said the move was part of the wider goal of FAZ to develop youth football.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga put youth football on top of his developmental agenda pinning it among his three key areas that involved league restructuring, referees education and youth football on top of his transparency gospel.
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FIFA RESPONDS TO FAZ COMPLAINT ON NIGERIA APPEAL
FIFA has put a close to the debate around the complaint lodged by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over an Augustine Mulenga disallowed goal in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7.
The World soccer governing body has ruled that it would not act on the complaint as per their regulations there was no evidence of external influence or manipulation.
According to a letter signed by Disciplinary Committee vice chairperson Julien Deux, dated October 17, 2017 there could be no action as guided by article 5.6 of the FIFA regulations the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
“Having said that, and for the sake of good order, we would like to emphasize that on the basis of the documentation and information currently in our possession, there is no evidence of any infringement of the applicable regulations by the referees of the match in question.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) filed a complaint with FIFA seeking an independent review of the match officiated by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo.
There was widespread outcry for FAZ to appeal to FIFA over the disallowed goal with parallels drawn with other situations where the world soccer governing body had ordered replays.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga had told journalists on the permutations of the outcome when journalists pressed him in the aftermath of the match in Uyo.
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence. So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
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