The China Geo-Engineering Corporation under the auspices of the Association of Chinese Corporations in Zambia (ACCZ) donated a refurbished office container to ZIPAR on 10th July 2018 after learning of the Institute’s office space constraints.
In a speech read on behalf of Mr. Chola Chabala, Permanent Secretary, Development Planning and Administration, Ministry of National Development Planning (MNDP), Mr. Crane Muleya commended the Chinese Government for engaging its private sector actors in Zambia to aid ZIPAR after learning of the office space challenges.
Mr. Muleya who is Director Investments Planning under MNDP stated that Government was aware of ZIPAR’s office space constraints limiting its ability to fill its establishment and adequately deliver on its mandate.
He pointed out that appropriate office space was an important motivation factor and for it to be considered appropriate, it should among many other things be safe, health, comfortable, durable and accessible.
“Now we just heard from the Executive Director that ZIPAR is currently maxed out with about four staff occupying space meant for two people which hinders concentration and makes it difficult to meet internal demands of staff for meeting rooms”, he said.
Mr. Muleya observed that as ZIPAR set itself to become a dynamic think tank of international repute, it ought to prioritise requisites that would help it to properly execute its functions. He added that ZIPAR’s role was critical to the social and economic policy landscape of Zambia and more so now that the 7NDP gave prominence to the role of policy analysis and research to support evidence based decision in the implementation of the plan.
Speaking earlier, ZIPAR Executive Director, Dr. Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso stated that the Institute was unable to adequately expand the annual work programme to meet the escalating demands from stakeholders. The Institute’s premises could also not allow for any form of small meetings and off-workstation office interactions such as brainstorming sessions of smaller groups, which were generally a requirement in a think tank setting.
Dr. Kabaso thanked China Geo Engineering Corporation, the ACCZ and the Chinese Government through the Office of the Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Zambia for their generosity which made it possible for ZIPAR to have the space for brainstorm sessions.
And Mr. Li Yue, General Manager for China Geo Corporation said his company was committed to fulfilling corporate social responsibility, maintaining a harmonious relationship of win-win cooperation with local Government bodies and the public. The refurbished office container was valued at K100, 000.