President Edgar Lungu says his government will continue to devise necessary and conducive conditions for the private sector to flourish. President Lungu noted that supporting the private sector in the journey towards expansion, will in turn lead to the development of the entire country.
The President said that in order to attract investments in the tourism sector, his government has created an enabling environment which has seen local and foreign investors construct a series of hotels and lodges in various parts of Zambia.
He added that government is creating a conducive environment for investors, in fulfilment of the authority’s quest to diversify the economy, as one of the strategic focus in the 7th National Development Plan.
The Head of State was speaking during the official opening of Urban Bliss Hotel in Kabwe, Central Province.
Urban Bliss has now become the first ever five-star hotel in Kabwe district.
The President commended the investor, Prya Die Here (PDH) Foundation for their valuable contribution to the hospitality industry in Zambia.
He stated that Urban Bliss has contributed to the outlook of the district with its modern accessories which he observed, meets international standards.
And Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga disclosed that 16 investors are set to invest in the province arising from the investment exposition which the province held late last year.
Mr Mushanga noted that the province has potential for investments in various sectors of the economy.
The Minister has however appealed to the President to consider working on the road network, in order to make the province more accessible.
He noted that developing the road network in the region, will enhance development in the area.
Meanwhile Minister of Tourism and Arts, Charles Banda said the construction of a hotel in Kabwe is a milestone in the development of the tourism sector.
Dr. Banda said the new hotel is a catalyst to increasing tourist arrivals in Zambia.
Urban Bliss Hotel is the third hotel to be constructed in Central Province, other’s being Tuskers in Kabwe and Protea Hotel in Chisamba district.