STATEMENT FROM THE REGISTRAR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE ENGINEERING INSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE SIGNING OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN TECHNICAL EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AGENCY (TEVETA) ON ONE PART AND LUSAKA BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE (LBTC) AND THE ENGINEERING INSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA (EIZ) ON ANOTHER PART The Director General of TEVETA, Mr. Cleophas Takaiza The Director of the Lusaka Business and Technical College, Mr. Lawrence Zulu Management staff from all Institutions present Invited Guests, Members of the Press Ladies and Gentlemen I am very excited that today, the plan that EIZ and LBTC had to help improve the skills of the craftsperson and technician members of the EIZ has finally culminated into the signing of an Agreement for Implementation under the skills Development Fund, implemented by TEVETA on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The plan has an overall objective of providing specific short course in electrical wiring in accordance with the Zambia Code of Practice for wiring of premises rules in the design, selection, erection, inspection and testing of electrical installations. What does this mean for EIZ members? This mammoth milestone means the following: 1 Engineering professionals can update their knowledge in electrical wiring and installations; 2 Engineering professionals will update their knowledge on the required standards for electrical installations; 3 Engineering professionals will learn latest engineering and technological developments in the fields of electrical wiring, electrical fittings and lighting; 4 Engineering professionals will learn Safety, Health and Environmental Management practices in electrical installations. The key pre-requisite to participate in the course is that one MUST be a member of the EIZ! As EIZ, I want to inform and encourage members of the EIZ, especially those in the Craftsperson and Technician categories, who are active in domestic wiring installations to register for this course in order to achieve the above mentioned benefits. I also want to take this opportunity to invite those engineering practitioners who are not yet members of the EIZ to come and register so that they can benefit from this training. Lastly, let me thank LBTC for, firstly agreeing to partner with the EIZ on this important Skills Development activity. Your input and hard work on this project has finally paid off. Let me also thank TEVETA for being the key driver in skills development and seeing it fit that the EIZ proposal would actually go a long way to benefit the engineering practitioners, but also the nation at large. I want to also inform the public that, the EIZ Act provides that anyone providing an engineering service MUST be registered with the EIZ and MUST have a VALID practicing license. This is the only way that the EIZ can ensure that services provided by engineering professionals are of high quality. This training will enhance the value of services that the engineering professionals will offer to the public. Eng. Linus K. Chanda, FEIZ REGISTRAR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ENGINEERING INSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA