NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba says he will revise Statutory Instrument (SI) 26 to allow cargo transportation to operate 24 hours.
Mr Mushimba said the revised SI 26 will give an allowance to cargo transportation to operate 24 hours, while public transport will remain restricted to moving during certain hours of the day.
He said this during a question-and-answer session at the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) breakfast meeting held under the theme “The role of telecommunication in promoting e-services”.
“Foreign transporters will be expected to apply to the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) where they will avail their fleet for inspection of roadworthiness and other requirements. When they satisfy all the necessities, RTSA will give them certification to allow them to operate so that we do not restrict industries any more than we have,” he said.
And Mr Mushimba said the ministry and Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) have embarked on an exercise to promote further liberalisation of the telecommunication sector through revised licensing and legal framework.
The new licensing framework will enhance competition, innovation, encourage investment in new technologies, and ultimately lead to improved communication services.
He also said Government is taking the lead by investing in modern telecommunications infrastructure in all parts of the country.
“Availability and access to this robust infrastructure is critical and will ease doing business for public and commercial entities alike through provision of electronic services and access to information,” Mr Mushimba said.
And ZACCI trustee Francis Ndilila said there is need to reduce local costs such as high licensing fees to normalise the rate of corporate income tax obtaining in the sector which is currently at 40 percent for profits in excess of K250,000.