Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Dora Siliya says the film and creative industry has immense potential to contribute to the country’s economic growth if well developed.
And Ms. Siliya, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson, says television and production studios that are currently under construction in six provinces will be completed by 2019.
She notes that the film industry in the country has lagged behind despite its huge potential to create job opportunities and contribute to the growth of the economy.
Ms. Siliya said this last night when she graced the fifth Sotambe Documentary, Film and Arts Festive at Kitwe Little Theatre.
She thanked Multi-Choice for helping nurture talent and for being a true partner of the Zambian film industry.
Ms. Siliya further announced that once completed, the television and production studios that Government is putting up across the country will reduce the cost of doing business.
And Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu disclosed that the city will soon unveil four new cinemas to members of the public.
Meanwhile, Sotambe Director Matina Mwanza said the brains behind the documentary want to ensure the event becomes the biggest film festival in the country.