Growing up as youths in the 70s and 80s, our founding fathers led by first President Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, often talked about copper and other minerals being ‘wasting assets’, essentially meaning they could and would run out. President Kaunda and his collegues therefore encouraged citizens to diversify in other areas such as agriculture and tourism whose potential is enduring.
Well, there is an asset in Zambia that can never run out and whose potential is everlasting, and that is human resource. Zambia is endowed with so much skill and brain, and as a business expert myself whose speciality, among many others, includes designing and selling intellectual property, we can safely state that this is God’s greatest gift to this country. A recent report revealed that Zambia and Nigeria top the African charts in entrepreneurship, what news can be better than this?
Sadly however, most of this resource is unrecognized and unsupported by the PF government who opt to take an easy way out in corruption and theft of public resources. As a matter of fact, some of Zambia’s best brains have migrated abroad building other nations’ economies, because of various frustrations back home. Under the UPND Government this will change and will change real fast. Under a special project, we will systematically recall Zambian skilled labour in the diaspora and offer them incentives, so that they can come home and help restore their nation to its former glory.
Zambia is a country with a profound reservoir of hard work, national pride and deep patriotism and like the phoenix of the Greek mythology, shall rise again, we promise you that.