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Zambia - 'We should reduce imports to survive' – Mukanga

Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga says there is need for the country to reduce dependence on imported materials and services and work towards localising value and supply chain.
Speaking in a speech read by Deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali at the Foundation workshop for the establishment of the Zambia Green Building Association (ZGBA) in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Mukanga said Zambia needs to strengthen the building construction industry as it will continue to contribute to job creation and enterprise development.
“This needed gradual change is also one of the objectives of our Zambia Green jobs programme in collaboration with the United Nations system and the private sector,” he said. Mr Mukanga said green buildings will contribute to a more sustainable approach in terms of alternative materials used and water and energy-saving technologies applied in building construction including waste management and sanitation.
He said green buildings will ensure a better qu…