PRESIDENT Lungu says Government will soon set up milling plants across the country under the public private partnership (PPP) to reduce the price of mealie meal.
President Lungu said the involvement of the private sector will result in the reduction of the price of the commodity.
“As people in the private sector growing maize, you must work with government to ensure a reduction. As Government, we will listen to your suggestions and work with you under PPP in setting up milling plants across the country,” he said.
The President said this during an interactive meeting with the business community at Protea Hotel in Chipata on Friday evening.
He said the role of Government is to provide a conducive environment for the private sector and businesses to flourish and not to compete with the state on the market.
He said instead of asking Government to be actively involved in running businesses, the business community needed to point out the challenges they are facing.
On the revival of the Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique growth triangle, President Lungu said he would engage the two countries on how to handle the issue.
Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula said Government, through the Ministry of Commerce and Trade is revising business regulations.