The UPND has announced the launch of a Business Consultation Survey as part of the consultation process in further developing its policy platform for the 2016-2021 elections.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says the survey provides a welcome opportunity for more detailed input from a range of businesses.
Mr Hichilema says the UPND’s major criticism of the PF approach has been the failure to proHH1perly consult and develop a clear plan and vision for the economy, which provides a stable and supportive environment for Zambian businesses and attracts international investment.
He says the UPND recognises the vital role that entrepreneurs, businessmen and women and investors play in creating jobs and driving sustainable economic growth in Zambia.
Mr Hichilema states that given recent challenges, the UPND is now undertaking additional efforts to refine and further develop its policies on supporting businesses and industries that will create employment, develop value-add industries and diversify the economy.
He says this is the sensible way to increase protection from future fluctuations in commodity prices.
The UPND leader says his party is also consulting respondents about how they can create more opportunities for young Zambians in particular, such as through apprenticeship schemes and skills training initiatives.
Mr Hichilema notes that this will help them calculate what is manageable to deliver to the Zambian people before promising the world and delivering very little.
He says following the survey and further consultations with civil society, experts and members of the public, the UPND plans to launch a Business Manifesto together with its 2016-2021 Election Manifesto.