The Food and General Suppliers Association of Zambia (FGSAZ) has backed government decision to remove fuel and maize subsidies.
Organization President Malama Kapanda said the association has taken time to respond because they wanted to analyze arguments on the removal o both subsidies.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by FGSAZ President Malama Kapanda.
Mr. Kapanda said he has followed the debate on the removal of subsidies with keen interest as it is a matter of importance to the country’s economy and well being.
He said it is the firm belief of FGSAZ that the removal of subsidies was done in good faith and for the good of the nation.
Mr. Kapanda stated that the association has engaged government who is their major client for their members to know where they supply various food stuffs.
He said the association has decided to add its voice because their members like anybody else also use fuel to supply food stuffs to government institutions.
Mr. Kapanda said FGSAZ members use fuel to travel to different parts of the country to buy their supplies and that the rise in the cost of fuel will also affect them.
He however said after a careful study, the association concluded that they were ready to support the decision by government to remove both subsidies for the good of the future generation.
Mr. Kapanda said the huge resources government has been using on subsidies will go a long way in developing infrastructure in rural areas such as roads, schools and clinics.
He said it cannot be emphasized that subsidies are a temporal measure and their continuous sustenance is far much expensive than investing into other sectors that will benefit the majority.
Mr. Kapanda appealed to the government to come up with a strict mechanism to ensure that all the money saved from the removed subsidies is channelled towards the intended developmental projects.