THE Ministry of Technology and Science, through the National Technology Business Centre (NTBC), has given K10, 000 each to 10 apparel and design graduates from Mansa Trades Training Institute, and
Through its technology business incubation programme, the NTBC has embarked on establishing technology business incubators for providing operating premises and other business development support services to start-ups, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMES).
Following this development, the NTBC identified 10 graduates to empower with K10,000 each, to be used as capital for their acquired skill in tailoring and design who will be the first cohort under this programme of Mansa Trades.
This will be the third institution to be empowered, along with Kabwe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Chingola Leather Cluster (CLC).
Officiating at the launch, Minister of Technology and Science Felix Mutati said the initiative is significant to the government, as it is a true testimony of the agenda of industrialisation and employment creation.
“With this mandate, my ministry has identified NTBC as the vehicle through which government implements these programmes. I urge all the recipients to put the resources to good use,” said Mutati.
On his part, NTBC acting manager Bright Chalwe said it is the Centre’s quest to turn ideas and innovation into wealth as it encourages wealth creation through self sustenance.
“We acknowledge the importance of skills transfer as evidenced in our engagement in capacity building programmes for we believe in the utilisation of locally available resources, including human resources,” noted Chalwe.
Meanwhile, the NTBC also supplied Mansa Trades with an embroidery machine worth K360,000 in order to ease the works of the trainers in the department of tailoring and design.
One of the recipients of the K10, 000 was Lucy Lusambo, a trainee and graduate, who thanked the government and the NTBC for the “rare gesture” to empower her with such an amount.
“We used to watch these machines in magazines and wondered how they worked. But now after the coming of the embroidery machine, we can now sew uniforms, work suits and clothes. We are calling on Luapula and everyone to support us now through tenders for we are ready to work,” said Lusambo.
Among other government officials present were Ministry of Technology and Science permanent secretary Dr Brilliant Habeenzu and Mansa district commissioner Ireen Chivweta.
By Buumba Mwitumwa
Kalemba April 15, 2023