Central Province lies at the heart of Zambia and shares borders with eight of the nine other Provinces of Zambia. The Province which occupies a total surface area of 108,460 square kilometers also borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the north. It is divided into 12 Districts namely; Chibombo, Itezhi-tezhi, Shibuyunji, Kapiri Mposhi, Chitambo, Luano, Mkushi, Mumbwa, Ngabwe, Chisamba and Serenje, with Kabwe being the provincial capital. According to the 2010 Census, the Province had a population of 1,332,396 with a gender ratio of 49% male and 51% female.
The Provincial Minister who is appointed by the President is the political head of the Province while the Permanent Secretary who is also appointed by the Head of State heads the administrative aspect. The Province has 16 constituencies which are headed by elected Members of Parliament (MPs) and are divided into 153 wards headed by elected councilors. Additionally, Central Province has 39 Chiefs with Lenje, Bemba, Lala, Tonga and Chinyanja being the main local languages spoken in the region.
Agriculture is the main economic activity in the Province and the region is home to most commercial farmers in Zambia. It produces almost all the crops grown in Zambia, although the predominant include maize, soya Beans, Cotton, Groundnuts, Wheat, Sweet potatoes, Iris Potatoes, Pop Corn, Sun flower, Millet, Mixed Beans, Virginia Tobacco, Maize Seed, Cassava roots and Barley.
Central Province is endowed with abundant natural resources which present huge investment opportunities in different sectors of the economy such as agriculture and agro-processing, mining, tourism as well as energy and manufacturing.
While the splendor of Itezhi-tezhi Dam presents a serenity environment for both local and international tourists, the Fig Tree in Kabwe and the biggest bat immigration in Chitambo’s Kasanka National Park are irresistible to watch.
Central Province offers leisure and comfort to those seeking a peaceful place for holidays as well as business opportunities to those wishing to invest in various sectors of the country’s economy.
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema’s trip to the United States (US) has drawn the first fruit with the announcement by the US Government of additional US $18.5