Give priority to Zambians – Siliya

MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya has said Zambians involved in business should be given preferential treatment to enable them benefit from the measures being taken by Government to provide a conducive environment for business.

Dora Siliya

Ms Siliya said at a Press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that job opportunities that were being created should be given to Zambians rather than foreigners to enable the people benefit from the investment coming in.

Ms Siliya, who is Education Minister, said there should be preferential treatment for Zambians, especially the youths when companies were employing.

She said certain business ventures and the majority of jobs available on the market should be restricted to Zambians as part of the empowerment programme.

She said while recognising the efforts by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry to reduce the cost of doing business, there was need to ensure that Zambians got preference in specific business ventures.

Ms Siliya said Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) should create opportunities for Zambians, especially by implementing the sector codes.

The sector codes would enable established companies help newl-established businesses by giving them preferences in awarding contracts or services.

“There are some complaints that some jobs are going to foreigners, including some Chinese nationals,” she said.

Of late, there have been outcries from various stakeholders that Zambians were not fully benefiting from the Government empowerment programme and jobs that were being created.

President Rupiah Banda said during the opening of Parliament that he was not satisfied with the operations of the CEEC.

The president directed the ministry concerned to address the operations of the CEEC to ensure that Zambians benefited from the commission./TIMES

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