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Cross-border traders on trade sensitisation drive

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
THE Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) is expected to embark on a sensitisation drive to promote good trade ethics that will be beneficial to stakeholders.
CBTA secretary general Charles Kakoma said the association is keen to ensure that members are educated on the importance of cross- border trade formalities and the incentives that exist.
Mr Kakoma said this at a taxpayers education workshop for CBTA hosted by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) recently.
He said in the spirit of promoting dialogue between the various stakeholders, the association intends to establish another trade information desk at the main Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa trading centre (COMESA market).
“We are aware of ZRA’s expectation in our crusade of moving away from illegalities to implementing sensitisation programmes as a tool to mitigate smuggling and to bring cross-border traders in the formal way of doing trade.
“As an association, we are keen on protecting the interest of our members by educating them on the importance of formal trade and the incentives or benefits that are there as opposed to informal trade which carries a lot of risks,” Mr Kakoma said.
Earlier, ZRA deputy commissioner Reuben Kunda assured CBTA of Government’s support whenever the association was faced with any challenges in its quest to enhance trade.
“[I am happy] to address this important stakeholders workshop whose aim is to empower you with the requisite knowledge and also to get your views on the various issues … for purposes of improving trade facilitation and the minimisation of the cost of doing business,”  Mr Kunda said.

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