Mines Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga has implored investors in the country to give priority to Zambians when recruiting employees.
Mr. Mukanga said government appreciates every investment in the country but such investments should benefit Zambians in terms of employment opportunities.
He said investors should only think of sourcing expatriate employees only for skills that are not readily available in Zambia.
The minister said jobs whose skills are locally available should be given to Zambians because it is illogical to bring people from outside just to do simple jobs that can easily be done by locals.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Mukanga who is in North-Western province to familiarize himself with the operations of mines, said this after touring Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi yesterday.
Meanwhile, the minister expressed happiness at the massive investment First Quantum Minerals has put up in the Kansanshi mine.
He said government is happy with such massive investment that will drive a lot of production.
Earlier, during a courtesy call, North-Western Province Minister, Josephine Limata said her office is not going to allow people who undermine locals because locals as owners of the land need to be proud of developments going on in their area.
Ms. Limata said traditional leaders also need to have a say in whatever is going on in their chiefdoms for the sake of harmony between locals and investors.