The following are news highlights in Zambia’s major media outlets on Saturday.
— The Tanzanian government has agreed to reduce permit fees it charges Zambian truck drivers entering that country for business from 200 U.S. dollars for every entry and exit to 20 dollars for a period of 30 days.
The agreement was reached after a meeting held between Zambia’s Minister of Trade, Commerce and industry Margaret Mwanakatwe and her Tanzanian counterpart Charles Mwijage after Zambia complained over the high fees. (Zambia Daily)
– Zambia revenue agency has impounded 66 trucks laden with logs of an endangered famous timber species, Mukula.
Zambia Revenue Authority Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda said the logs were believed to have been earmarked for smuggling. (Times of Zambia)
— There is need for Zambia’s investment agency to review tax incentives meant to attract foreign direct investment as some of them were detrimental to the economy, a local think tank has said.
The Center for Trade Policy and Development said while tax incentives were necessary to attract foreign direct investment, they were not supposed to affect the economic development of the country. (Daily Nation)
— Trade unions have dismissed claims by Zambia’s labor minister that the unions had become weak to bargain for improved working conditions of workers in the country.
Cosmas Mukuka, the secretary general of the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions, an umbrella body of unions in the country, said contrary to the minister’s assertions, the country was enjoying harmony in terms of industrial relations because of the hard work the trade unions have put into resolving labor matters through negotiations. (The Mast) Enditem