Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Trade and Tourism has said is impressed with Shepherd Bushiri´s Goshen City project in Monkey Bay, Mangochi District.
Chairperson for the committee Simplex Chithyola told journalists after touring the site, that every Malawian of goodwill must support the project as it reflects well on national aspirations.
“We are not impressed with reports of delays in issuing out some environmental impact assessment approvals of some structures. This is a big project and it will impact greatly on the economy of the country such that there is need to help the implementers with timely approvals of their requests,” he said.
Banda said his committee will engage relevant stakeholders to determine reasons for the delay in the approvals.
Earlier on, Bushiri thanked the parliamentarians for visiting the city, saying the gesture symbolises the confidence and curiosity Malawians have for the project.
But Bushiri expressed concern that authorities are taking time to approve some of the Goshen structures which will be constructed on the site.
“What is on the ground at the moment is only one percent of the total work we want to put up at the Goshen City. All our tall buildings which we intend to construct are waiting for the environment officials to give us approvals. I am afraid that the delay might affect our schedule is some cases.
“However let me say that we are also through with everything which we got the approval from authorities,” he said.
Bushiri expressed optimism that phase one of the project will be through in December as earlier planned regardless of the challenges they are facing.
Bushiri said on average, each week, the city is receiving about 2,000 tourists from across the globe.
Over the weekend Goshen was hosting about 2,100 people, some of whom came from as far as Canada, Australia and Britain in addition to some from across Africa.
“These people you see here are waiting for us to finish the city. These will bring a lot of business for Malawi. Some of them have come to negotiate with us to allow them to invest at the Goshen. So it will be sad if Malawians misses out on this opportunity,” he said.
Among the committees that turned up for the visit include Transport and Public Infrastructure, and Local Authorities and Rural Development. The deputy clerk of Parliament was also part of the parliamentary team.