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Zambia - Skills development and entrepreneurship Project - Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan (ARAP) – 08 2015
The Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Zambia, through the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC), intends to build industrial clusters in seven Provinces2 across Zambia. This initiative, to be financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), will be implemented under the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project (SEDP),whose major goal is to create jobs, reduce poverty and enhance the population’s livelihoods, especially for economically disadvantaged groups (mainly women and the youth). The project has two main Components: 1. Development of Industrial Clusters, and 2. Up-scaling the cassava value chain. Under component 1, the Project will support construction of the industrial clusters through public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements, while ensuring that gender is mainstreamed in all aspects. The Industrial Clusters will (i) provide an enabling physical space to promote organized markets and creation of market linkages of the products; (ii) foster access to appropriate technologies, innovation and pooled business development services to boost production, efficiency and quality of products; (iii) improve access to quality business advisory services; and (iv) promote access to finance and linkages with financial institutions. This subcomponent will benefit the urban poor who are operating as street artisan manufacturers, especially youth and women in targeted provinces.