THE Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers has advised the government to ban the importation of second hand clothes and shoes in order to promote local industries.
Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) president Ackim Mweemba advised the government to impose a ban on the importation of second-hand clothing and shoes popularly known as salaula.
“This is with a view to promoting the growth of locally manufactured clothing and leather products,” Mweemba stated in a press release issued in Lusaka.
He emphasised that there was great need for policy-makers in Zambia to seriously consider the ban of salaula products in the country as the trend was limiting the growth of the local cotton producers and clothing manufacturers.
“We need to take cognizance of the fact that the growth of local industries and the agricultural sector shall have immense benefits for the Zambian people in the areas of job creation and economic growth,”
“As the need for more workers in these industries increases in response to the demands of increased production for cotton and leather, the local economy shall also benefit from the income generated from this production. This shall, in turn, necessitate the establishment of processing of these products through value-addition chains, which shall in turn require more workers. The country has a lot of individuals capable of filling this requirement, especially women and youths in rural parts of the nation. This shall have a considerable bearing on the reduction of poverty levels in the country.”
And Mweemba stated that farmers in Zambia could immensely benefit from an agro initiative.
“This [agro initiative] can help farmers expand into processing their produce for export or they could be part of a high yielding supply chain. There is enough demand for clothing and leather items in the country and the region to sustain such production. With quality control and investment into product development, the country could soon begin to export beyond the region to capture a wider market. South African clothing and shoe items adorn the shelves of most departmental stores in shopping malls and other outlets in the country. This situation can be reserved and replace them with locally-produced items,” stated Mweemba