4 December 2012

Zambia: Barclays Livingstone Should Put Act Together

BARCLAYS Bank needs to pay particular attention to its operations in Livingstone as Zambia gears up to co-host the United Nations World Tourism Association (UNWTO) General Assembly next year.

A brief survey made in the tourist capital last week, in the midst of the Zambia International Investment Forum (ZIIF), made irritating revelations on how financial institutions are not moving in line with Government's expectations. It was embarrassing that some of the international delegates, upon arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, could not access money from the only automated cash mash (ATM) mounted there because it was out of service for some days.

To make matters worse, Barclays Bank employees at the Premier Life Centre in the city centre, seem to be in a habit of exhibiting negative attitude towards clients, especially those who do not live in Livingstone. The lukewarm processing of clients' issues at this centre should be checked for the good of their clients. They are not doing them any favours at all!

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GOVERNMENT's intentions to formalise maize and mealie meal trade with Congo DR so that this country can earn some foreign exchange, is neither good nor bad depending on the situation currently obtaining.

This country reaps bumper harvests almost every season much of which goes to waste, especially in rural areas.

However, this deal greatly depends on the capacity by Zambia to satisfy the domestic market first, otherwise it can create a serious shortage of the commodity and push prices high and out of the reach of ordinary citizens.

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THE recent fine of K63 million on Spar Downtown and Spar Crossroads by a Lusaka magistrates court should serve as a lesson to would be culprits.

It has become a trend for some retailers who are lamentably failing to adhere to the rules of the game by displaying goods that are not labelled or worse still those which are already expired.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and health authorities in respective districts should not relent but continue with their random checks to expose business houses which have put consumers' lives at risk.

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