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Copper price benefits could take time – Wina

WINA

STEVEN MVULA, Parliament
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina yesterday told Parliament that it may take some time for Zambia’s economy to benefit from the recovery of the price of copper on the international market.
Mrs Wina said the rising copper price does not automatically guarantee benefits to the Zambian economy.
She said this in response to a question from Nchanga Member of Parliament (MP) Wylbur Simuusa (PF), who wanted to know whether operations of mines on the Copperbelt would be restored following recovery of the copper price on the international market.
This was during the 30-minute Vice-President’s question time
Mrs Wina said the benefits may take time to manifest.
“It may take time to benefit Zambia’s economy. It is a long process and not a one-day thing,” she said.
And Mrs Wina said Zambia’s future economic outlook is very bright.
“Our economic future is very bright. The indicators are there,” Mrs Wina said.
She was responding to a question from Kalabo MP Chinga Miyutu (UPND), who wanted to know the prospects of Zambia’s future.
“Will Zambians have a good life?” Mr Miyutu asked.
The Vice-President explained that Government is diversifying the economy to trigger growth.
“Inflation is triggered by many factors and our export earnings were under pressure but we are on a path to recovery with the measures we have put in place,” Mrs Wina said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wina has praised the women of Zambia for turning up in numbers to celebrate the International Women’s Day, which fell on March 8.
“Mr Speaker, I would like to congratulate the women of Zambia who came together to celebrate International Women’s Day,” Mrs Wina said.
She said the Patriotic Front (PF) under the leadership of President Lungu has, without doubt, demonstrated its will to promote gender equality.
“President Lungu has opened the door to women. I, therefore, call upon women to participate in politics. This is a crucial period, so I call upon them to come forward and be adopted,” Mrs Wina said.




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