ZB hails Govt over new dialogue policy


By Nation Reporter

ZAMBIAN Breweries has praised the new Government for its policy of dialogue and willingness to engage with business in order to grow the economy and improve livelihoods.

Zambian Breweries corporate affairs director Ezekiel Sekele said Zambian Breweries had seen a 15 percent increase in revenue since the reduction of excise tax on clear beer from 60 percent to 40 percent at the beginning of the year, resulting in additional VAT being paid to Government and invest more in the business.

He said the company would work on water sustainability and its Manja Pamodzi clean-up campaign on packaging waste.

Mr Sekele said Zambian Breweries wanted to continue being in business for the foreseeable future and hence sustainability was key.

He urged the Government to continue to create a stable tax environment, saying the group was committed to supporting Zambian agriculture through the purchase of maize, sorghum, cassava and barley and in the process improving the livelihoods of small scale farmers.

“Zambian Breweries is delighted to partner with ZACCI. Our purpose at Zambian Breweries is to grow livelihoods. We believe this can only be done through partnership – public private partnership. We all have one common constituency to serve and that is to positively change the lives of our people in society,” he said.

Mr Sekele was speaking during a landmark Government and private sector consultative forum facilitated by the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI), and was sponsored by the company.

The event was attended by Finance minister Felix Mutati, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe and Minister of National Development Planning Lucky Mulusa, along with leading business people.