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ILO ZGJP Newsletter - April 2016

We are in full swing

Dear Partners,
Welcome to the third edition of the ZGJP e-newsletter. With a successful joint planning workshop behind us, the work plans and targets for 2016 have been set and implementation has commenced. Already we have had the great pleasure to launch the second and the third green affordable houses under the ZGJP-Lafarge Building Greener Cities partnership. To further commemorate the partnership and create awareness of green jobs and a sustainable future, we will run for green jobs at the 2016 Lusaka Marathon this Saturday, April 30th. Please do come and cheer us on if you are near Lusaka, or follow us on Social Media for updates.

We are also excited to share with you our 2015 Annual Impact report, capturing highlights and results achieved during last year.

Looking ahead we wish to inform you about some exciting upcoming events. Amongst others the Zambia International Property (Zip) Expo which is taking place in the beginning of May. In addition the sustainable skills development partnership with Saint Gobain is taking off early next month. Moreover, we are commemorating the World Environment Day with the launch of the Green Materials and Services Directory. See below for more info on these events. 
 
With best wishes from,
the Zambia Green Jobs Team
                      

Visit us at: www.zambiagreenjobs.org

ZGJP on Flickr

In addition to the ZGJP Facebook and Twitter accounts, we are pleased to announce that you may now find us on Flickr. Please feel free to browse through the gallery and share as you may please. To visit the Zambia Green Jobs flickr gallery, go to: flickr.com/photos/zambiagreenjobs
Next upcoming events:

Lusaka Marathon, Run for Green Jobs, 30 April, Levy Mall, Lusaka. For more info: Helene Thor, thor@ilo.org

Zambia International Property Expo, 5-7 May, Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka. For more info: Chileshe Mwamba, mwamba@iloguest.org

Launch of the Green Materials and Service Directory at World Environment Day, 3-4 June, Foxdale Court, Lusaka. For more info: Helene Thor, thor@ilo.org
 

2015 Annual Impact Report

At the end of 2015, the ZGJP had supported the creation of 2,660 jobs, as well as the quality improvement of 2,018 green and decent jobs existing in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, the programme has benefitted more than 6,667 enterprises, workers and their representatives. As a result, 2,554 households have reported an increased income. To find out more about these results and how they were achieved, please download our 2015 annual report here.

Second demo launch of the ZGJP Lafarge Green Affordable Housing Partnership

The second launch of the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) and Lafarge Zambia sustainable and affordable Housing project "Building Greener Cities" took place on March 30 in Lusaka. The launch unveiled two new green demonstration homes and marked the continuation of a successful partnership on affordable housing and job creation through linkages with micro, small and medium enterprises. The project will result in the construction of at least 800 affordable housing units for middle-income families in Lusaka and Ndola.

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ZGJP - Saint Gobain skills development partnership

The ZGJP has partnered with Saint Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, to train skills instructors from training institutions in Zambia and from the private sector. In total 15 instructors will undergo training in sustainable construction technologies. Six candidates from the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, National Association of Medium and Small-Scale Contractor, Thorn Park Construction Training Centre and Craw Hammer Trades School have been selected to participate in the first cycle of trainings which will run from 3rd to 31st May in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more info, please contact Mr. Evans Lwanga, lwanga@ilo.org

ZGJP at Stanbic International Energy Conference

 
The Stanbic International Energy Conference which took place from the 25th to the 26th of April in Lusaka, showcased developments, opportunities and challenges faced by both public and private sectors in meeting the ever growing demand for power and energy in the Sub-Saharan region and especially Zambia.
 
During the two days of the conference, plenary and break-out sessions were conducted focusing on roles of the public and private sector in growing the energy supply capacity of the country, access to finance and investment initiatives, collaborative roles of DFIs and commercial banks as well as case studies on initiatives tested in other markets. In total, the conference brought together over 200 industry experts from the finance, power, utility and renewable sectors; together with policy makers, economists and academics who discussed the future of the power, energy and environmental sectors in Zambia and what the sectors will look like in the next five years. Welcome remarks were given by the Hon. Dora Siliya (MP); Minister of Energy and Water Development and Mr. Charles Mudiwa, CEO of Stanbic Bank.
 
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ZGJP featured as "Green Jobs Champion" at the 5th ILO Global Green Workshop


Together with more than 50 participants representing ILO staff in field offices and HQ with engagement in ILO Green Jobs work, representatives of the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) travelled to South Africa to participate in the 5th edition of the Global ILO Green Jobs Workshop which took place from 8th until 11th March at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town.
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Credit Union for sawmillers

The Zambia National Association of Sawmillers says economic potential of the wood processing sector has continued to be undermined by the lack of access to finance from banks. In a statement, association president William Bwalya stated that access to finance was the single greatest concern of small-scale enterprises, including sawmillers, in Zambia.
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2nd Annual Joint Planning Workshop

Following last year's success, the second Zambia Green Jobs Programme joint planning workshop kicked off on February 9 in Siavonga and concluded on February 12, with final work plans for each of its composite eight technical assistance projects. More than 30 participants from the UN system, public and private sector and academia gathered at the Lake Kariba Inn to create plans and activities for 2016. 
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Innovative mobile social security registration campaign launched


As part of a strategy for increasing social security registration in the construction sector, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) in collaboration with the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA), Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) and Sawmilling Employers' Associations have launched a second round of mobile office operations among members of the Copperbelt Sawmillers and Timber Growers Association. The mobile registrations took place from 4th to 8th April 2016.
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Official sponsor of the 2016 Zambia International Investment Forum


Through its ITC component, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme participated in the 5th Zambia International Investment Forum which took place from the 21st to the 22nd of April 2016 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka. ZGJP participated as Bronze Sponsor and had representation in the form of an information booth as well as hosting a panel discussion on infrastructure development and the role of education in addressing the labour challenge in Zambia.

The ZGJP booth was well attended by several conference patrons and some potential linkages made with regard to the timber and waste management sectors. Some patrons representing foreign private equity investors looking for investment opportunities also visited the stand and initial conversations to engage and link these actors are already under way.

ZIIF 2016 is a turnkey event focusing on Zambia’s countless investment opportunities and its development for the long and short term. The event featured two days of conference sessions, a trade exhibition, numerous networking events as well as one-on-one meetings and workshops. The theme for this year’s forum was “Investment for Industrialisation, Wealth and Job Creation” and the event attracted over 50 exhibitors and 300 participants from 10 countries.

Speakers at the event included the President of the Republic of Zambia HE Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Margaret D. Mwanakatwe, MP,
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Informal economy provisions included in the draft social protection bIll

Successful ZGJP social protection model practices on pension, healthcare and workers compensation among green growth-oriented SMEs contributed to the recognition and inclusion of the informal economy provisions in the draft social protection bill. This bill comes as a result of the Irish funded Social Protection Policy Support Project which in practice works in synergy with the ZGJP social protection component which is promoting a just transition to inclusive green growth and decent green jobs in the building construction sector.
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Zambia International Property Expo 2016 media breakfast.


Leading members of the residential and commercial real estate community gathered to meet with construction and investment stakeholders of the Zambia International Property Expo 2016 on March 2 at the Protea Hotel Towers in Lusaka. As the Official Partner, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme was joined by second time sponsors First National Bank Zambia (FNB), Zambia Property Owners Association (ZAPOA) and Knight Frank in introducing the 2016 edition of the Zambia International Property (ZIP) Expo to members of the press. The Zip Expo is organized by SmartHomes International, Jannou New York and R!evolution Media.

      
 
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