ENGINEERING Institution of Zambia president George Sitali has called for an end to exportation of raw materials so as to create jobs from processing.
And mines minister Christopher Yaluma has urged engineers to invest in research to come up with efficient manufacturing technologies that would bring the cost of doing business down.
Speaking in Livingstone at AVANI Victoria Falls Hotel during the 2017 Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) Symposium, Sitali said there was need for the country to promote industrialisation in line with the SADC’s industrialisation strategy and road map 2015 to 2063.
“As a country, we need to move away from the exportation of raw materials but instead create value chains that will lead to the exportation of finished products to create more jobs locally,” said Sitali.
And Yaluma said Zambia had great potential to venture into value addition to minerals and agricultural products.
He added that engineers needed to think outside the box by being innovative so as to create value and enhance industrial growth in Zambia.
Yaluma said he was also saddened by the low number of female engineers and called upon girls to take keen interest in mathematics and science.