Government pledges creation of conducive environment
Chipata, February 28, ZANIS–President Edgar Lungu says government will continue to create a conducive environment in which the Private Public Partnership (PPP) can thrive.
Mr Lungu said government intends to achieve this developmental goal by engaging in constant dialogue with the business communities in the country.
He also said government is committed to corporate with the business communities across the country in its quest of achieving the much intended economic goals.
The President stated that government appreciates various business interventions that can assist in reducing mealie meal and transport prices in the country.
The Head of State charged that government believes in what it promised to the people of Zambia during the 2011 presidential election campaigns of lowering taxes and creating more jobs.
Mr Lungu said this during a dialogue meeting with the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Chipata last evening.
And Mr Lungu said that plans are underway to set up milling plants in selected parts of the county in a move aimed at reducing mealie meal prices.
Meanwhile, Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Thomas Mtonga called on government to set up sets up industries which will process the locally produced products in the province.
Mr Mtonga said it is costly for small scale farmers in the province to transport their goods to other parts of the country for processing and later transport the goods back to the province.
He said the presence of processing industries in the province will add great value to the locally produced products and will steer farmers in the province to double their produce.
Mr Mtonga however expressed happiness with the on-going electricity developmental projects in the province where government is expanding the power supply from the initial 66,000 to 330, 000 volts.