Banks must support national heritage sites conservation

GOVERNMENT has called on financial institutions in the country to come up with mechanism that will encourage entrepreneurs to take part in activities that can contribute to conservation of national heritage sites.

And Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Susan Kawandami has charged that the role of entrepreneurship in today’s modern world could not be overemphasized. Ms. Kawandami said that financial institutions should come up with mechanisms that would encourage borrowing by local entrepreneurs.

She was speaking when she opened a three-week training for the Victoria Falls entrepreneurship which has drawn participants from seven countries,  “Just like Victoria Falls World Heritage Site has provided tourism opportunities for the city of Livingstone, the same is the projected key sites found in other districts. Heritage sites can help shape the economic life of our rural areas.

‘‘With the necessary business skills, they can take advantage of these sites. hence the need for financial institutions to relax borrowing terms,” she said. Ms. Kawandami said it was for that reason that the PF government would always support the inscription of other heritage sites to the World heritage list.

She emphasized the importance of maintaining the Victoria Falls’ natural site so that it could continue to play its pivotal role of being the beacon of tourism promotion in Zambia. And Ms Kawandami said the role of entrepreneurship in today’s modern world could not be overemphasized.

“The role of entrepreneurship in today’s world cannot be over emphasized. The skill of entrepreneurship and knowledge of its positive effects extend way back into time. World over, many countries and organizations are encouraging especially the young people and women, to embrace entrepreneurship and above all, to utilize the natural resources sustainably.  To this score, success stories abound almost everywhere one looks,” she said.

Ms. Kawandami has since commended the initiative and partnership between the National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) in bringing the workshop to Zambia.

And National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) executive director Collins Chipote has observed the need for adequate skills for communities surrounding national heritage sites.

Mr. Chipote said if the communities were imparted with capacity building, then they could contribute to the conservation of the heritage sites through engaging in various entrepreneurships.

Senior Chief Mukuni said the vision of his chiefdom was to have sustainable economic development through effective planning and through working with stakeholders.

Chief Mukuni said the Victoria Falls entrepreneurship workshop would help equip his subjects with knowledge on how they could contribute to safeguarding the (Victoria Falls).