Economy

Supermarkets And Chain Stores Should Not Displace Local Businesses In Compounds – VP

May 30, 2016.Pick n Pay at Rosebank in Johannesburg.Picture:Freddy Mavunda © Financial Mail

VICE-President Inonge Wina has stated that Supermarkets and chain stores should be aware that extending their businesses might result into the collapse of small businesses in high density areas which is totally against the PF government’s pro-poor social and economic development agenda as outlined in the PF manifesto and the seventh national development plan.

“While welcome to expand their businesses, Supermarkets and Chain stores should not entrench themselves in high density areas such as compounds; as doing so destroys livelihoods of marketeers and local grocery shops, family businesses and enterprising Zambians who cannot compete with chain stores,” she said.

The Vice-President has since directed the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry to guide and work closely with local authorities so that appropriate level of planning and business development is attained without sacrificing marketeers and traders in high density areas and compounds.

She further stated that her directive does not take away the recognition of foreign chain stores as an important source of diverse
products, a market for local producers and a source of employment for many Zambians.

In order to ensure unique, profitable and sustainable local businesses, the vice president has also tasked marketeers and traders to attract customers by ensuring that their trading environments and practices adhere to stipulated laws, regulations and hygiene requirements at all times.

This is contained in a statement issued by Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Vice-President Stephen Mwansa yesterday.

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8 Comments

  1. muntu

    Sense 😁👊

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  2. musi

    This move must be extended to the so called investors who doing businesses like making blocks, baking bread, rearing chicken and also to those involved in ‘tu temba’

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  3. cloudy chakulya

    This thing is good to know the price and to help people

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  4. John Phiri

    It’s a liberalized economy. This is what it means.

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  5. sam dedede

    Tell them I like yor words

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  6. Youth movement

    In Zambia there’s too much talking than action.What has happened to the Chinese business who were told to relocate into towns?so I don’t know if It will workout.

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  7. Thomas mwanza

    I support what she just stated..cos there is no way this people will take over of our own country..but again we say it’s development.not so colleagues

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  8. David muzaza

    I am going with what Mr mwanza has said

    Reply

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