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Zambia Development Agency tackles cost of doing business

Zambia Development Agency tackles cost of doing business

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 ZAMBIA has too many business licenses and regulations which makes the business environment un-conducive and the cost of doing business in Zambia high in terms of financial costs, effort and time. Zambia needs to establish a Business Regulatory Reform Unit, and the main purpose of the Unit will be to ascertain and vet the quality of all new business licenses to ensure that they meet high quality standards before being legislated and deposited in the e-registry of licenses, recommends ZDA. According to a statement made available by the Zambia Development Agency...

African must support climate adaptation, urges Malumo

African must support climate adaptation, urges Malumo

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 AFRICAN Governments should prioritize issues of climate change at both the local and international level Action Aid international Africa (AIA) Policy and Campaigns Manager Henry Malumo has advised. Malumo said Africa was devastated by the issues of climate change thus necessitating continental Governments to allocate more funds the national annual budget meant to foster sustainable agriculture policies and crop activities. He bemoaned the lack of demonstration by previous regimes but urged the Patriotic Front (PF) Government and Agricultural Minister, Emmanuel Chenda to break the noted failure to curb lackadaisical climate change...

LAFARGE CEMENT SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES

LAFARGE CEMENT SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 THE Government of the Republic of Zambia has put in place policies to grow the economy and specifically targeted at infrastructure development. The insistence on infrastructural development has motivated the private sector to emulate Central Government interventions, with Lafarge Cement taking advantage of this incentive. Last year Lafarge Cement launched a new product aptly named ‘Power Plus’ introduced to cater for the growing domestic and commercial construction market. Lafarge Cement Zambia Superset is a product designed from 42.5R Portland Limestone cement used for block making and concrete. The new product is...

Chimpwena market records low sales

Chimpwena market records low sales

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 COMMUNITY markets have since independence acted as employment and income generation platforms for indigenous traders. Chimpwena Market is one of the biggest trading marketplaces in Mufulira on the Copperbelt Province, located on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Commercial and domestic clientele heavily depend on Mufulira’s Chimpwena market for retail and wholesale groceries. However, a market stall trader, Catherine Kaoma complains of low incomes raised following poor hygienic standards and the growing street vending trend. “My business is going down due to other traders opting to vend...

Sugar cane selling in Mufulira

Sugar cane selling in Mufulira

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 BUSINESS has become a one major source of income in Zambia which like late Aliya sung knows no aged limit as elderly and youthful citizens compete for a share of the national cake. With Finance Minister Alexander Bwalya Chikwanda presenting the National budget on Friday, 11th November 2011, traders are hoping that President Michael Chilufya Sata’s Letter of Intent to parliamentarians will take their collective concerns into consideration. A casual check on Zambian streets and market places unveils traders starting from senior-old age and children as young as five-year-olds. A case...

Poor roads hamper Mufulira agro activities

Poor roads hamper Mufulira agro activities

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 AGRICULTUE is one of the major sources of income generation more especially in rural Zambia, as formal employment is not readily available. And many young people, who drop out of school resort to farming activities as access to education is not as easy as on the line of rail in Zambia. The Zambian community has for time immemorial relied on subsistence farming activities more especially among female citizens, who produce most of the food. A local subsistence farmer, Elias Ziwa of Twikatane Cooperatives in Mufulira narrated that farming was one of...

Review Employment Act, ZAFOD prods Shamenda

Review Employment Act, ZAFOD prods Shamenda

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 RESEARCH and Marketing Manager at the Zambia Federation of Employers John Banda says there is need for Government through Labour, Sports and Youth Minister Fackson Shamenda to amend the Employment Act. Banda believes that amending the Employment Act will ultimately result in formulation of appropriate HIV and AIDS, a necessary safeguard from discrimination among workers. Banda explained that in its current form, the Employment Act did not adequately protect the plight of workers in relation to HIV and AIDS policies. Speaking during the Access Bank/ Friends Africa SME Workplace Policies Development...

Patriotic Front Government eager to create jobs – Timothy Hakuyu

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 MINISTRY of Labour, Sports and Youth Permanent Secretary Timothy Hakuyu has said the Government is determined to create jobs and ensuring that they are, among others, decent and providing social protection. And Hakuyu has reiterated that the Government of Zambia was making fair progress on the Decent Work Agenda (DWA) in Africa. Officiating at the Zambia Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) Advisory Committee Meeting at Mika Lodge in Lusaka, Hakuyu boasted that the country had since ratified major International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions promoting fundamental principles and rights at work. However,...

Human Rights Watch canes Chinese mines

Human Rights Watch canes Chinese mines

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 MINING firms with Chinese blood are back in the news for flouting labour laws in Zambia a characteristic that marked the last Rupiah Bwezani Banda regime which gave a deaf ear to poor working conditionalities. Following the September 20th 2011 elections which ushered in the Patriotic Front (PF) Government,  5th Republican President Michael Chilufya Sata has put his foot down on the need for Chinese mining firms to respect local labour laws. The concern raised by President Sata comes in the wake of complaints that flouting of labour regulations arose following...

DMMU ready for action-Mulenga

DMMU ready for action-Mulenga

By Derrick Sinjela published on Monday 11th July 2011 IT is the rainy season again when farmers take centre stage in the socio-economic and food security activities spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MACO). But it is not all that rosy for other sectors of the economy as increased rainfall worsens the deplorable state of the road network in Zambia. The Disasters Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) is a Governmental structure located in Vice-President Dr Guy Scott’s leadership arm at Cabinet Office tasked with resolving disasters annually worsened in the rainy season. DMMU National Coordinator Domiciano Mulenga reiterated...

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