VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has advised mining companies to be transparent and to engage Government in meaningful dialogue whenever they have concerns.
She said Government has been making efforts to explore ways of introducing effective tax measures that can benefit both the country and mining companies.
“It is only fair and good corporate practice for mining companies to look at the returns they are making before condemning Government’s decision to introduce new tax policies,” Mrs Wina said.
She said this yesterday when Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia Elexandre Leveque paid a courtesy call on her.
Mrs Wina said although Government appreciates foreign investment inflow, it is unfair for multinational companies to be seen to be deriving joy from arm-twisting Government into changing tax policies only when it suits them and not the nation in which they are operating.
She said investment should benefit Zambians in terms of employment opportunities and revenue collection.
The Vice-President also commended Canada for its support towards the fight against child marriage.
And Mr Leveque pledged to continue to support Zambia in various sectors
Meanwhile, the Chinese Red Cross Society has donated assorted equipment worth K1.8 million to the Zambia Red Cross Society.
The items donated are office and medical equipment, which will be used to reach out to people in distress.
Mrs Wina said Government is in dire need of medical services, especially in rural areas.
She, however, said Government is committed to improving the quality of health facilities.
“The First Aid provided by Zambia Red Cross Society through committed volunteers will provide for immediate medical needs and bridge the gap in areas where health facilities may be distant,” she said.
Mrs Wina said Government is committed to supporting the Zambia Red Cross Society in its operations so that those that may require medical attention before reaching our health facilities are helped.
And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming expressed hope that the donated equipment will improve the well-being of the Zambian people.
“The leaders of our two countries with great foresight agreed to further strengthen our bilateral relationship and cooperation, which is in the best interest of the two nations,” he said.
And Zambia Red Cross Society national president Godfrey Simasiku said the donation will enable the organisation reach out to the vulnerable.