Apply for business capital from the CEEC

The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is offering Zambian entrepreneurs business capital and finances in form of repayable business loans under the ‘2016 special initiative’ which is targeting the following areas of business:

  1. Value Addition (Packaging).
  2. Block Making.
  3. Innovation.
  4. Tourism.
  5. Fish hatcheries.
  6. Water Bottling.

The CEEC is therefore inviting entrepreneurial citizens to apply for business loans in the above listed areas. The selection and funding of project proposals will strictly depend on the technical and commercial viability of the proposed projects. All application forms for the special initiatives can be found at all CEEC provincial offices and can be downloaded on the Manic Zambia website. Applications that do not follow the provided format will not be considered by the commission.

1. Value Addition (Packaging).

As part of Government’s Job Creation and Industrialization Strategy, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is promoting value-addition in Zambia. As such, the Commission wishes to help targeted citizens that manufacture various products to improve their packaging to international standards. Entrepreneurs may wish to speed up their packaging processes by acquiring automated packaging solutions, to improve their packaging materials, to improve the sealing of their products, to improve the printing on their products, to introduce vacuum packing solutions and so on.

The Commission is therefore launching a Packaging Special Initiative for citizens already in production but wishing to improve their packaging and/or labeling. The Commission is therefore inviting targeted citizens to apply for packaging business loans.

The selection and funding of project proposals will depend on the technical and commercial viability of the proposed projects. The application form for the Packaging Special Initiative can be found at all CEEC provincial offices and can be downloaded by clicking the following link: CEEC Packaging-Application-Form

2. Block Making.

Construction is among the largest of Zambia’s industrial sectors. Zambia has over the years experienced tremendous growth in the construction Industry which is expected to continue expanding rapidly as the economy continues to grow. As part of Government’s Job Creation and Industrialization Strategy, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is launching a Block-making Special Initiative to increase the participation of targeted citizens in this key sector, particularly youth and women. The Commission is therefore inviting targeted citizens to apply for business loans for projects for the production and marketing of blocks, bricks and pavers.

The selection and funding of project proposals will depend on the technical and commercial viability of the proposed projects. The application form for the Blocks, Bricks and Pavers Special Initiative can be found at all CEEC provincial offices and can be downloaded by clicking the following link: CEEC Block-Making-Application-Form

3. Innovation.

Zambia seeks to be a modern, industrialized middle income country by the Year 2030. The Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sector and the Energy Sector are leading transformational sectors of our times. Innovative ICT and energy solutions will be critical to achieving and sustaining the growth rates and competitiveness necessary for Zambia’s transformation into a formidable middle income industrialized nation.

As part of Government’s Job Creation and Industrialization Strategy, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is launching an Innovation Special Initiative to promote international standards in ICTs.
The Commission is therefore inviting targeted citizens to apply for business loans for innovative ICT and energy projects. The selection and funding of project proposals will depend on the technical and commercial viability of the proposed projects. The application form for the Innovation Special Initiative can be found at all CEEC provincial offices and can be downloaded by clicking the following link: CEEC Innovation-Application-Form

4. Tourism.
Zambia is amongst the countries with the highest tourism potential in the world. Many business investments have been made by citizens in various tourism businesses including investments in accommodation and lodging, amusement centers, tours and safaris, food and beverages, etc.
As part of Government’s Job Creation and Industrialization Strategy, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is launching a Franchising Special Initiative to promote international standards in the tourism industry.
The Commission is therefore inviting targeted citizens to apply for business loans to acquire franchises for fast-food outlets, restaurants, hotels, lodges, tours and safari, or any other tourism investments.
The selection and funding of project proposals will depend on the technical and commercial viability of the proposed projects.
The application form for the Franchising Special Initiative can be found at all CEEC provincial offices and can be downloaded by clicking the following link: CEEC Tourism-Franchising-Application-Form

5. Fish Hatcheries.

Aquaculture, particularly the farming of fish in ponds and cages is an important and promising industry in Zambia. The supply of good quality fingerlings is key to the development of aquaculture. As part of Governments Job creation and industrialization strategy, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) is launching a special initiative for the development of fish hatcheries to help boost the production of fingerlings in Zambia through the development of eight new fish hatcheries in Luapula, Northern, Muchinga, Eastern, Central, Southern, North Western and Western provinces.

The Commission is therefore, inviting targeted citizens to apply for business loans to establish and profitably operate fish hatcheries in the production of bream fingerlings. In Zambia, Bream fish is popularly known as tilapia. One project will be selected and funded by the commission in each of the stated provinces. The technology must be indoor hatcheries with the capacity to produce at least 2,000,000 sex reversed fingerlings per cycle at 95%. The type of breams to be produced in each province should be in line with the Fisheries Act.

The closing date for all applications is 31st January 2016.The selection and funding of the project proposals will depend on the technical and commercial viability of the proposed projects. The technical specifications of the required hatcheries and all application forms for the special initiative can be found or CEEC provincial offices and downloaded by clicking the following link: CEEC Fish-Hatcheries-Application-Form

6. Water bottling.

Water is an essential commodity that is found in abundance in most parts of Zambia. Indeed Zambia is estimated to have about 40% of the fresh water resources of Southern Africa.

Water has been commercialized in many ways and is commonly available for sale in plastic bottles thereby becoming a source of jobs created at water-bottling factories a well as jobs created in the transportation, wholesaling and retailing of bottled water.

As part of Government’s Job Creation and Industrialization Strategy, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (EEC) is launching a Water-bottling Special Initiative for the development of waterbottling plants in five (5) provinces of Zambia, namely, Luapula, Muchinga, North-western, Western and Eastern Provinces.

The Commission is therefore inviting targeted citizens to apply for business loans to establish and profitably operate water-bottling plants in Luapula, Muchinga, Northern, North-western, Western and Eastern Provinces.

The selection and funding of project proposals will depend on the technical and commercial viability of the proposed projects. The application form for the Water-bottling Special Initiative can be found at all CEEC provincial offices and can be downloaded by clicking the following link: CEEC Water-Bottling-Application-Form

NOTE: Applications that do not follow the provided format WILL NOT be considered by the CEEC.

The deadline for application form submission will be on or before 31st January 2016.

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