MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT says the transport and logistics industry plays a significant role in the attainment of the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP) whose aim is to create a diversified and resilient economy.
Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba said the industry contributes to a sustained growth and socio- economic transformation driven by agriculture, mining and tourism.
Mr Mushimba was speaking yesterday at the Zambia Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (ZCILT) annual general meeting.
He said Government will continue consulting ZCILT for expertise on transport and logistics issues.
“ZCILT is required to provide adequate skills and expertise for the betterment of the transport industry. You are regulated by an Act of Parliament Number 4 of 2014 which gives you the principal mandate of promoting and encouraging the study of the art and science of logistics and transport,” Mr Mushimba said.
Mr Mushimba said organisations and individuals in the transport industry will soon be mandated to abide by the ZCILT Act and register with the institution for them to operate.
He said the transport database is one critical component in having wealthy transport resources towards materials and research papers that contribute to the development and improvement of transport systems.
Mr Mushimba said Government will ensure a continuous flow of funds to the institute through the existing government grants and help further raise it to some marginal figure to enable it cover operational costs.
And speaking earlier, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said the AGM was convened with the aim to increase membership and sensitise entrepreneurs in the industry on the operations of ZCILT.
“Transport and logistics organisations should realise that by law, they are required to employ professionals in their firms. At the end of this AGM, we are expected to formulate a strategic plan that will give directions on how best the transport and logistic industry should operate,” Mr Soko said.
Mr Soko who is also President of ZCILT said as required by law, the organisation will ensure that all transport and logistics organisations abide by the Act that governs their operations.
He said the industry should not be trivialised by individuals who will not comply with the law.