Govt Still Working Out Ways To Disburse K30m Fund For Artists

Government spokesperson Dora Siliya says government is currently working out modalities on how the K30 million released for the creative arts industry will be disbursed to various artists across the country.

Ms Siliya, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said that President Edgar Lungu was alive to the numerous challenges hampering the growth of the industry in the country and that was why government announced the setting up of a K30 million revolving fund for those in the sector.

Speaking during a meeting with Film Makers Guild of Zambia at her office in Lusaka on Thursday, the minister said the creative arts industry had potential to create employment for many people especially the youth if well harnessed and supported.

She called on the private sector to join hands with government in revamping the creative arts industry by offering financial support.

The minister said there was need for Zambian financial institutions to take a chance on Zambian filmmakers by coming up with financial products that would help spur the growth of the industry.

Ms Siliya said in countries like India and Nigeria where the sector is a huge contributor to their Gross Domestic Product, financial institutions have played a center-stage role.

“There is need for all Zambians to come together and work on improving the film sector because this is a hanging fruit with potential to grow our economy,” she said.

The minister noted that while Government has a responsibility to facilitate the promotion and growth of film in the country, filmmakers have an equally important role to play in telling the Zambian story.

“There are a lot of stories that you can tell about Zambia. We are tired of hearing stories about politicians, you have to think outside the box so that people can easily relate with their everyday life,” she said.

Ms Siliya said as long as people do not accept the need to watch locally produced content, the industry will continue to face challenges of financing and she challenged artists to organise themselves and avoid working in isolation for the growth of the industry.

She said government built studios in all the 10 provinces of the country in order to reduce the cost of production for artists.


  1. Mr intellect

    Still looking at ways of disbursement of k30million.This is result of being reactive to situations unlike being proactive.How do you release the money devoid of knowledge on how it should be used? The youths twisted your thinking and you are now dancing to their bitter medical prescription


    Its disbursement of cash with accountability by a working government like Pf and not the selfish red party leader who fails to pay k520000 to business man he owes money.

    • Useless leaders in Zambia

      Mr concerned citizen you should learn to control your stupid trap or else will put you in trouble, don’t open your trap when you have nothing to say


    Concerned amplified, so it true what i heard on ZNBC that the red party has been sued and about to be declared bankrupt and eventually be deregistered.

    • James Mwanza

      Typical, you heard it on ZNBC.

    • Useless leaders in Zambia

      Like you said, on ZNBC TV station ya adada, what do you expect from such a useless TV station with useless presenters

  4. MOSES

    ki ki ki the red party leader is being selfish, how does he risk his party being deregistered when he is a millionaire in kwacha .Let him just pay so that we beat him in the ballot in 2021.ECL VIVA

  5. 2021

    mmmm ba kembo for now lets close this chapter of who wil win 2021 election lets debate after 2021 elections unip, mmd was here were are they u can stay in power for 50 yrs but there is onry one day for exit so its either pf wins or looses

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