Shepard Bushiri, the developer for Goshen City in Mangochi, has challenged people in the district and beyond to make the most of the city by forming cooperatives to be offering goods and services.
Bushiri made the remarks when he made a presentation during the second annual general meeting of the Forum for Social Economic Development for Mangochi (Fosema) which was held on Saturday and Sunday.
He said Goshen City presents a lot of opportunities for people in Mangochi if they operate in groups to meet the available demand for goods and services.
“On our part, we will be able to offer soft loans and sign agreements with local businesses that are willing to work with us. But this can happen if people work together and register themselves with relevant government stakeholders because we will be dealing with registered businesses,” he said.
Bushiri said, among other things, that Goshen City will require huge quantities of poultry products, beef and goat meat, vegetables and cereal products.
“All these are an opportunity for local people in Mangochi to get readily available markets. Time is now to start planning for this opportunity and meet our team on the ground because Goshen City will open for business by the end of this year,” he said.
He also announced that construction for a five-star hotel at the same place will begin next week to increase the number of accommodation spaces which are available at the site.
In his remarks, Chairperson for Fosema Board of Trustees Joseph Matola said the group is happy to associate itself with Goshen City because it is bringing the kind of development that Fosema is advocating for.
Matola said Fosema will engage local business people within its membership to see how best they can be organised to benefit from business opportunities that are available in Goshen City.
“We have experts amongst ourselves and I hope that we will be in a position to influence our share in Goshen City. We also plan to meet government officials to lobby for developments which we feel are lacking in the district,” Matola said.