LINDA SOKO TEMBO writes
THE disbursement of loans for this year will not be affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC), public relations officer Michela Mukata has said.
Mr Mukata said that CEEC was advised by Cabinet to come up with measures to ensure there would still be effective service delivery to the citizens who were entitled to disbursements of loans without being affected by COVID 19.
In an interview with The Sun, Mr Mukata said that CEEC had developed a process internally that would ensure that it was business usual and other matters still operated successfully.
Mr Mukata said that plans of starting to disbursing loans to the citizens and what the total cost would be was still in the pipeline because they had not yet completed the project they had embarked on last year of giving the Cashew Matching Grant and fish farming loans.
“As CEEC we are still at ground level planning on how and when we are going to start disbursing the loans this year,
“We are continuing the process of disbursement of loans in Cashew Matching Grant under the Cashew Development Project, which started last year, and we are finalizing this year we are yet to get the full amount of money. We also have the fish farming project,” he said.
Mr Mukata said that as CEEC they were also contributing in the fight of the COVID 19 in that they were avoiding social interactions to ensure that the spread of the various was stopped in Zambia.
He said that in there service delivery that they offered called Preferential Procurement Certification, which required many interactions through physical visits at their office they had encouraged the citizens to fill in the forms digitally after downloading the form online.
Mr Mukata said that once the form was ready they were able to call the citizens to collect so that they would reduce on traffic and that those with requires there website was available to get contacts of their office lines.