PRIVATE Sector Development Association (PSDA) chairperson Yusuf Dodia has criticised some sectors of society calling for the privatisation of state owned telecommunication company Zamtel. Mr. Dodia charged that with good policies in place, Zamtel had the potential to become a viable and profitable company that would contribute positively to the development process of the country.
PARTICIPATORY Ecology Land Use Management (PELUM) has called on governments in developing countries to critically look into the plight of small scale farmers. Speaking at the just ended symposium for small scale farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa, PELUM Association chairperson Charles Nyakora Onyango said governments should aim to implement policies that will help farmers develop. He said small scale farmers have the potential to bring about development in rural areas.
THE Youth Entrepreneurship Association of Zambia (YEAZ) has called on government to circulate the recently launched 2015 National Youth Policy and Empowerment Action Plan. YEAZ president Samuel Mulenga said there is need for the National Youth Policy and Empowerment Plan to be made available to every stakeholder, especially the youths, who he said are the major stakeholders of the action plan.
MTN Zambia has donated K20,000 towards the hosting of this year’s Malaila Traditional Ceremony of the Kunda people in Malambo district in Luangwa. In a statement issued yesterday, MTN Zambia chief sales and distribution officer Amos Jere said the company is a sponsor of the ceremony as part of its corporate social investment programme to preserve the country’s cultural heritage.
THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABs) has sold a total of 96 standards to various companies between April and June 2015 for various products. This indicates an increase in the number of standards sold in this period compared to the standard sold between January and March which was 68. ZABS attributed this increase in sells to improved communication with stake holders and an increase in awareness programs that the agency has particularly conducted for Micro Small to Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
ZESCO’s funding of the company’s sponsored football club ZESCO United will not be affected by the loss of revenue that the company is expected to face due to load shedding. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, ZESCO team manager George Lwandamina has disclosed that the team’s expenditure was budgeted for long before the company started load shedding. “The team will not be affected in any way because all the expenditure was budgeted for and currently the team is doing well,” Lwandamina said.
Over 300, 000 Zambians have been left vulnerable to food insecurity because of last season’s partial drought, a government report says. The government through the office of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit undertook a vulnerability assessment study whose report also suggests among others measures such as food relief distribution and diversified food crop cultivation as credible measures to assist those in need.