The Chipata City Council (CCC) says it has engaged Micro, Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) by encouraging them to integrate in the local economy in order to reduce dependence on Government.

Chipata City Mayor Sinoya Mwale says the local authority has embarked on various projects to effectively manage the plight of migrants and reduce economic challenges through the Local Economic Development (LED) project implementation.

Speaking during the commemoration of the African Day of Decentralisation in Chipata today, Mr Mwale said through the LED project, land for commercial and other uses has been allocated to MSMEs in order for them to conduct their businesses freely thereby promoting economic growth for both locals and migrants.

He said decentralisation has greatly contributed to a number of developmental activities in Chipata city such as improvements of markets and rehabilitation of bridges.

Mr Mwale said the council is working effectively to creating and promoting an enabling environment for investment in Chipata targeted at reducing urbanisation and forced migration among the local population.

This year’s commemoration is themed “The Promotion and Effective Implementation of Local Economic Development of a Sustainable Solution for the Regional and Local Communities to Forced Migrants in Africa.”

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