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Zambia projects to earn 500 mln USD annually
once national airline starts operation 

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government has projected to earn about 500 million U.S. dollars annually from ticket sales once its national airline starts operating next year, a senior official said on Thursday.

Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba said the aviation industry was one of the country’s biggest revenue spinners in the country, generating about 1.5 billion dollars in revenue from air tickets per annum.

According to him, Zambia was currently serviced by more than 10 foreign carriers transporting about 1,500,000 passengers per year but expressed concern that the country was not benefiting as foreign carriers were not required to pay airport fees if they stay at an airport for less than two hours.

He added that with the coming on board of the national airline, the government expects further growth in other sectors such as tourism, agriculture and mining.

Last week, the Zambian cabinet approved the reestablishment of a national airline which will be run in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines as a strategic partner.

The government was expected to hold 55 percent in the national airline while the Ethiopian Airlines will hold 45 percent.

The two partners were expected to inject about 30 million dollars in the airline for the first year to cover start-up capital.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Zambia’s y-o-y inflation slows to 6.1 pct in December

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia’s year on year inflation slowed to 6.1 percent in December from 6.3 percent in November, its statistics agency said on Thursday.

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) attributed the decrease to both food and non-food items.

Of the total 6.1 percent annual inflation rate recorded in December 2017, food and non-alcoholic beverages accounted for 2.6 percentage points, while non-food items accounted for a total of 3.5 percentage points, said John Kalumbi, the director of the statistics agency during a monthly press briefing.

On the other hand, the month-on-month inflation reduced to 0.7 percent in December compared to 1.4 percent recorded in November, he added.

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Zambia plans performance management system to deter lazy public workers

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government said Tuesday that it plans to introduce a performance management system to curb delays of projects due to inefficiency by public workers.

Minister of National Development Planning Lucky Mulusa said the strengthening of performance management systems will go a long way in deterring laziness among public workers.

The move will also make public workers accountable for their decisions or indecisions, he added.

The minister said independent investigations revealed that continued delays in government projects was mainly due to inefficiencies and sometimes inimical deliberate actions by public workers, according to a statement released by his ministry.

He cited the country’s failure to secure 260 megawatts of electricity from a thermal-powered plant during the 2015/2016 power deficit as one example that some public workers failed to make pragmatic decisions.

According to him, the introduction of performance management systems will enable the government to crack the whip on erring officers and ensure that they were brought to book. Enditem

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Zambia records 234 road traffic accidents during Christmas holiday: police

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia recorded 234 road traffic accidents during the Christmas holiday, resulting in 22 deaths, the police said on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo said the road accidents were recorded between 6 p.m. on December 22 and 6 a.m. on December 26.

Of the total accidents recorded, 18 were fatal with 22 deaths while 32 were serious road traffic accidents in which 52 people were seriously injured and 68 were slight-injury accidents, in which 90 people sustained minor injuries.

According to the police spokesperson, the country recorded an increase in road traffic accidents during the Christmas holiday this year compared to the same period last year, when 201 accidents were recorded out of which 15 were fatal, with 20 people dead.

She added that the general situation in the country during the holiday was peaceful and thanked Zambians for celebrating Christmas in a peaceful manner.

             

 

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