THE much awaited K4 billion One-Stop-Shop, the first of its kind in the country and under construction in Livingstone has reached almost 95 percent near completion ahead of next week’s deadline of November 19th. The One-Stop-Shop will handle all business licensing under one roof and business operators intending to put up any kind of investment will now have to do so under one roof instead of spending so much money in travelling from one town to another.
The building will accommodate the Zambia Revenue Authority, Patents and Company Registration Agency, Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission and Zambia Development Agency.
Other institutions are Livingstone City Council, Livingstone Tourism Association and the Immigration Department.
Site engineer Joseph Chanda says his team managed to achieve success within a record time on the project which commenced in March this year.
Mr Chanda, accompanied by Tourism promotions manager South-west, Jocylene Mutinta, said all the major works have been completed and the building is ready for hand over to Government by end of this month.
“We have actually achieved great strides within the stipulated time frame of eight months that is from March 14 th to November 19th this year. So as you can see we are more than ready to hand over end of November. The landscaping is done and all the electrical fittings already done together with the paintings,” he said.
And Mrs Mutinta expressed happiness the project has finally been completed in record time so that her office can resume its role of providing the much needed information on the tourism aspect in the country and the southern region in particular.
Other licensing offices which will be accommodated are Zambia Wildlife Authority, Zambia Environment and Management Agency, Zambia Public Procurement Authority, and National Pensions Scheme Authority and Zambia Tourism Board.