27 June 2012

Zambia: State to Stamp Out Casualisation

PRESIDENT Michael Sata says his Government is working to stamp out casualisation by creating long-term permanent jobs for Zambians.

And the President has directed local authorities in the country to improve their town planning by learning from countries such as Brazil.

Mr Sata said he was impressed with Brazil's planning and development when he attended the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro recently.

President Sata said councils should take a leaf from Brazil on how best to plan and develop cities and municipalities.

"I didn't see a single space... we need to send some people there to go and see for themselves," Mr Sata said.

On creation of job opportunities, Mr Sata said the Government was planning to create and offer Zambians decent long-term jobs unlike what was currently obtaining.

"If there is employment, we don't want casual employment. We want to provide employment where when somebody has been provided employment you forget about it. And when you provide employment for one person he will create some more employment.

"For example if you have people working, then people in the market will also be employed because they will have people with money who are going to buy the goods," he said.

He said there would be increased expenditure in the economy coming with the creation of more jobs by Government and consequently lead to increased revenue for the provision of social services to the people.

Mr Sata said this in an interview yesterday at South Africa's Oliver Tambo International Airport en-route to Lusaka shortly after connecting from London, where he had earlier connected from Brazil.

This is contained in a statement released by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Patson Chilemba.

Mr Sata said Zambia should utilise its comparative advantage to normalise the trade imbalance with countries like South Africa.

He said South Africa exported more to Zambia because that country understood what was relevant for the Zambian market through planning.

He said if South Africa imported meat from Argentina, it could also buy meat products from Zambia, especially that the two countries were only two hours away by air transport.

"You need proper meat commissions to ensure that our animals are sickness free. And it is not for us to say so, it is for South Africa to prove that our beef is sickness free.

"Those are the simplest exports you are talking about, because if we can prove to the South Africans that we can provide them with disease-free meat that is one of the biggest exports since consumption of meat is almost every day," he said.

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