And Chief Government Spokesperson, Kampamba Mulenga has urged management at the company to consider employing more local people at production level.

Meanwhile, the project contractor, Tong Guan Mining Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Yao Ling says the project is of great economic value to both China and Zambia, as it will stimulate job creation and economic growth.

He was briefing Ms Mulenga, who is Information Minister and Kalulushi Member of Parliament, on the progress made on the project which kicked-off three years ago.