Fuel subsidy removal will not affect UNWTO transport costs

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-Government has disclosed that the removal of subsidies on fuel will not affect transport costs during the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).


Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Arts George Zulu said what was important at the moment was the availability of fuel and not the cost.


Mr. Zulu dispelled any possibility of a shortage of fuel during the UNWTO General Assembly, saying government was enforcing measures that will see consistent supply of petroleum products to the country.


He was speaking when he featured on a recorded programme for Zambia national Tourism Board (ZNTB) dubbed ‘Zambia; Let’s Explore’.


The Permanent Secretary said the removal of subsidies was irreversible hence the need for the public to start adapting to the change.


Mr. Zulu added that government was currently talking to other oil companies to ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel in the country during the conference.


He disclosed that the Ministry of Energy has sent out tenders to various oil companies to provide the country with cheap fuel.


Three weeks ago, President Michael Sata said the removal of the subsidy on petroleum products will enable the state to have more finances available for spending and guarantee proper implementation of all government programmes and projects.


Mr. Sata said it was necessary that the subsidy on petroleum products, which has been a burden to the state coffers for a long time, was removed and consequently the price of fuel adjusted upwards in order to attract wider social benefits for the general populace.