March 3rd, 2015 - As the Official Partner, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme joined SmartHomes Zambia, First National Bank Zambia (FNB), Stanbic, ZAPOA and Knight Frank in introducing the first Zambia International Property Expo to the media at an event held at Protea Hotel Towers, in Lusaka.
On February 26, more than 50 representatives from the private sector, government and academia gathered at the New Government Complex in Lusaka to discuss the establishing of a Zambia Green Building Association (ZGBA). Once operational, the ZGBA will play an important role in ”greening” the property and construction industry and providing new decent job opportunities for Zambians.
With the mission to create a consolidated work plan for 2015, over 45 stakeholders representing government, the private sector, academia and the five participating UN agencies (ILO, UNCTAD, UNEP, ITC and FAO) came together at the Zambia Green Jobs Annual Planning Workshop which took place from 4 to 6 February, in Siavonga, Zambia. The workshop strengthened and emphasised the principles of ownership, institutionalization as well as identifying common grounds for results in 2015.
The building construction sector in Zambia has been identified as a potential driver for economic growth and Green Job creation.
The social partners of the Law Growth Nexus II project have unanimously approved a consolidated work plan on how to achieve the project outcomes.
Sector dialogue on challenges and potential solutions for extension of social protection coverage in the saw milling industry
The Social Protection component of the Zambia Green Jobs Programme organized a sector dialogue with the saw milling industry and Zambian Social Protection Providers from 28th to 30th October 2014.
The new training course – which kicks off with a high level policy forum – will facilitate the sharing of experiences and know-how on green jobs creation.
Almost 400 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, from contractors to saw millers, architects and building material suppliers and processors, along the value chain in building and construction were surveyed in terms of working conditions, green business practices, ease of doing business and green construction and building practices.
The Ministry of Finance has started assessing Zambia's potential for inclusive green growth and job creation across different economic sectors. The Green Jobs Assessment will inform and guide further policy development aimed at inclusive green growth and job creation in Zambia in line with the revised 6th National Develop Plan which ensures that economic growth is pro-poor, job-rich and sustainable.
According to the 2012 Zambia Country Profile on Occupational Safety and Health, the building and construction industry reported 58 occupational fatalities between 2003 and 2007.