SPEECH BY MR CHISEBWE FUMBESHI – CHAIRMAN VALUATION CHAPTER – SURVEYORS INSTITUTE OF ZAMBIA ON 22ND JANUARY 2016 AT BUSINESS BREAKFAST

Honorable Minister
Other Government Officials
Invited Guests
Surveyors Institute of Zambia Council members
Fellow Valuation Surveyors
Ladies and gentlemen

Good morning, I welcome you all to this Business Breakfast for the Valuation Chapter of Surveyors Institute of Zambia. Allow me to extend my gratitude to the Guest of Honor, Honorable Yamfwa Mukanga, who has taken time off from his busy schedule to come and be part of this breakfast.
Ladies and gentlemen
The Valuation Chapter of Surveyors Institute of Zambia aims:
– to protect the public interest by ensuring that its members observe the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct;
– to ensure that students of the profession acquire the knowledge, skills and values they need to become members of the profession, and that members maintain and develop that knowledge, skills and values throughout their professional careers
– above all to raise awareness on a broad range of skilled services that professional Valuation Surveyors can provide;

Honorable Minister
Ladies and gentlemen

Valuation Surveyors are trained in the art and science of interpreting, directing and supervising interests in landed properties with the sole aim of obtaining optimum returns for the owners of such properties and overall development of the Nation at large.

Valuation Surveyors roles include
– Property Valuation
– Management & Maintenance of infrastructures/assets
– Custodians of land and landed properties
– Land dispute arbitrators
– Property development consultancy
– Educators and instructors
– Employers of labour
– Act as land economists for infrastructural development schemes

Honorable Minister
Ladies and gentlemen

Infrastructure such as electricity, communication, water, airports, roads, rail, schools and hospitals provide essential services that drive economic growth, employment and productivity. This is why Valuation Surveyors take an active interest in reviewing both current and planned infrastructure projects within different markets of our country. The Valuation Chapter of Surveyors Institute of Zambia saw it fit to have this breakfast with the theme “The Importance of Infrastructure to the Property Market”. The rapid infrastructure development being experienced in Zambia is playing a pivotal role in establishing a significant influence on property development taking shape across the nation. We need to stop thinking about infrastructure as an economic stimulant and start thinking about it as a strategy. Strategic investment in infrastructure produces a foundation for long-term growth.
Fellow Valuation Surveyors
Always remember, “Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to it, and doing it”. The importance of high standards of professional and ethical conduct cannot be overemphasized. For us to build a profession to last we must invest in what will fuel us for generations to come. The public needs our services, Zambia needs us more than before. It is time we move to greater heights with strategic alliances and synergies within and outside that will develop our country.
Ladies and gentlemen
In conclusion, I wish to thank the government for continued support in the development of the Valuation Profession in Zambia.
It is now my singular honor and privilege to call upon Honorable Yamfwa Mukanga, Minister of Works and Supply to address us.
Honorable Minister, Sir!