State owned Telecommunications Company Zamtel says it remains firmly committed to driving the country’s digital transformation.
Zamtel Chief Executive Officer Sydney Mupeta said his firm is developing products and services that promote the easy of doing business through digital platforms.
Mr Mupeta said Zamtel is also exploring ventures in the provision of digital solutions in other sectors of the economy such as agriculture and education.
He said developing digital platforms will enhance Zambia’s drive towards a cashless society.
Mr Mupeta said using its vast countrywide presence, Zamtel will with other partners in ensuring that it delivers the country’s digital agenda.
The Zamtel CEO was speaking on Friday evening when Zamtel signed a partnership with the Zambia National Credit and Marketeers Association (ZANAMACA) that will see around 6 million Marketeers and small scale traders remit their base tax using the Zamtel electronic platform.
And Mr Mupeta has commended the Zambia Revenue Authority for taking a lead in digitalizing the tax system.
He said ZRA has in the recent times pioneered innovations that have made payment of taxes much easier through digital platforms.
Mr Mupeta said digitalizing the tax system has the potential to increase tax compliance levels among tax payers.
He said Zamtel is also working with several partners to enhance the use of digital platforms as a way of bringing about a cashless society.
“The step we have taken with ZANAMACA is just the beginning of an exciting journey to provide a cashless trading ecosystem in markets and beyond. Zamtel’s vision in the next few years is to elevate mobile transactions as the main platform for conducting businesses in the country,” Mr Mupeta said.
“Zamtel’s footprint is in all ten Provinces of Zambia and we are continuously spreading out to the remotest parts of the country. I’m also aware that ZANAMACA is equally present in most of these areas. We will therefore leverage our unique synergies to make this partnership successful,” he said.
“Allow me to seize this opportunity and announced that Zamtel has taken this partnership to the next level by recruiting ZANAMACA as a distribution agent for our products and services. Under this dealership agreement, ZANAMACA will be able to distribute selected Zamtel products and services such as talk time and SIM cards through its vast countrywide structures and get the full benefits of being a Zamtel distributor.”