By Nation Reporter
THE Zambian and Congolese governments must adopt flexible trade procedures to curb smuggling in order to promote business between the two countries and increase foreign exchange earnings, says Zambian businesswoman and director for Kakanga Food Suppliers Grace Njapau.
Ms Njapau said Zambia and DR Congo must adopt soft policies to encourage the common person to comply with tax regulations to increase revenue collection.
She was speaking during the Zambia Trade Mission and Solo Exhibition in Lubumbashi.
This is according to ZDA communications and public relations manager Margaret Chimanse.
“Smuggling comes in when policies are hard for the common person. If countries have soft policies, a country like Zambia can earn foreign exchange. Our friends have the muscle with vast mineral resources that include copper, gold, diamonds and uranium but need to boost their agriculture sector,” she said.
Ms Njapau explained that DR Congo was huge with immense potential and an important market for Zambian products and services.
She said the policy of the Zambian Government should be to empower Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who were the engine of the economy and called on staff at the Zambian consulate in Lubumbashi to promote business by identifying opportunities in DR Congo for Zambians to take advantage of.
Ms Njapau encouraged other business entrepreneurs from Zambia to take part in trade missions organised by the Zambia Development Agency as it was the best way to success and business expansion.
She said her company had received an exciting enquiry from an enterprise that had a feeding programme for 8,000 people which required various processed foods.
Ms Njapua also urged women not to be left out of business but advised them to come up with ideas to establish businesses that would empower them and contribute to the growth of the economies of two countries.
She said that she was a business entrepreneur before she went into politics and was now in the private sector after serving Government in various positions.
She advised those in politics to have a vision beyond public life, saying “there is life after politics”.
Kakanga Food Suppliers supplies processed honey, rice, beans, fortified peanut butter and moringa to various institutions such the Zambia National Service, Zambia Army and a number of supermarkets in the country.