Malls shouldn’t kill local industry

FROM left: Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Seretary Kayula Siame, US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote and Commerce Minister Yaluma viewing exhibitor booths at the AGOA Strategy Launch in Lusaka. PICTURE: USAIZ ZAMBIA

IN LAST week’s column, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Christopher Yaluma talked about the role of his ministry in supporting the business regulatory environment and playing an active role in the provision of supportive infrastructure and investment partnerships in the commercial, trade and industrial sectors.
He also explained the strategic plan for his ministry, plans to grow local industry, and access to capital for local entrepreneurs.
The ministry’s strategic plan looks to ensure quality service and increased contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP), more jobs and increased value addition.
In today’s column, Mr Yaluma covers the issue of malls and space for local entrepreneurs and products, and how his ministry fits into the Vision 2030 aimed at transforming Zambia into a prosperous middle-income nation.
Q: There are a number of shopping malls that are coming up across the country. There is an argument that they are killing local enterprise.
A: Malls are not there to kill local industry; we need to have a positive perception of malls. They are there as tools that can be used to sell local products. If a product meets quality and adheres to the standards as required to compete, most definitely, the product will have shelf space.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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