NANCY MWAPE, Lusaka
THE private sector is hopeful that “The ease of doing business conference” organised by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry scheduled for Livingstone, will help address challenges that hinder the growth of business entities.
In an interview, Livingstone Tourism Association chairperson Alexander Mutali complained of the high cost of doing business in Zambia.
Mr Mutali, who is also vice-president of the Southern Province Zambia Federation of Employers, said it is difficult for the private sector to plan their business due to continued increase in costs.
“We are now faced with Zesco tariff increment which implies an increase in the costs for everything. All goods and services will now go up and the end result for us, if we are to survive, is to lay off workers,” he said.
He said the private sector is constantly faced with increments from statutory instruments such as levies and taxes.
Mr Mutali said it is important that business regulatory agents discuss the impacts of newly introduced statutory measures on business entities with the private sector before they are implemented.