Support local business innovation, Govt urged

FORMER republican president Mr Rupiah Banda has urged the Government to embrace Zambian entrepreneurs for the growth and improvement of the economy.

Mr Banda was speaking shortly after receiving a television decoder with free subscription donated to him by Star Times Zambia.

He said the Government should support Zambian businesses like the Star Times digital television provider who have ideas of developing the country to flood the market and increase competition.

‘‘I would like to urge the Government to encourage local entrepreneurs to bring new ideas that will improve the Zambian economy and enhance competition amongst many businesses,’’ he said.

The former president also explained that the growth of the digital television provider market would increase the improvement of knowledge of science and innovation for the youth of the country.  ‘’A lot of money has been lost by Zambians in trying to acquire services from people on the international market who have continued to exploit Zambians with unmanageable prices. The evolution of the Star Times is just an example of many other businesses that can improve the country and save money,‘’ Mr Banda said. He said many Zambians could not afford paying for other digital television providers as they were very expensive and that Star Times was a good initiative that would provide for Zambians from all walks of life.

Presenting the decoder to the former president, Star Times director of marketing and public relations Miss Ethel Mulenga said the company wished to recognise Mr Banda for his effort to enable young people to start their own businesses when he was in office.