Zambia: Newly Recruited Teachers Assured Of Salaries

Finance and National Planning Minister SITUMBEKO MUSOKOTWANE has assured Zambians that funds are available to pay salaries to the newly recruited Teachers and the soon to be employed Medical Personnel.

Government recruited over 30,000 teachers and is yet to announce the recruitment of over 11,000 Health personnel.

Speaking during the Private Sector Day in Lusaka today, Dr MUSOKOTWANE said Government is  faced with two challenges of unemployment and low income levels among citizens.

He however said the Government is addressing the challenges by creating opportunities for citizens and stabilising the economy.

Meanwhile, Public Private Dialogue Forum -PPDF- Deputy Director ROSETTA CHABALA described President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’s continued support to the Forum as unprecedented.

And the three technical working groups, Tourism, Agriculture, Banking and Finance which were constituted under the PPDF have presented proposals to the government.

Tourism Council of Zambia President YUSUF ZUMLA said the technical working group has recommended the zero-rating of Value Added Tax -VAT on services offered by Hotels and Lodges.

And Bankers Association of Zambia -BAZ- President MIZINGA MELU, representing the Banking and Finance Technical working Group said the group has been working on how best to implement the localisation of critical information and infrastructure of Banks as provided for in the cyber laws.

Meanwhile,  Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary GREEN MBOZI who represented the Agriculture technical working group said the group is working on how to reduce the time and cost of testing for Foot and Mouth Disease -FMD.

Mr. MBOZI said the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, with the participation of the private sector, is ready to decentralise testing centres for FMD by setting up laboratories in Choma, Chipata, Solwezi and Mongu Districts.

He said the private sector laboratories will have to be accredited by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and that this will enhance quick diagnosis of the animal disease.

Source: ZNBC

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