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January 16, 2019

The Zambia Tax Platform (ZTP) has noted with great concern the impasse between the Zambian Government and the mining companies emanating from the proposed changes to the mining tax regime (MTR) as announced by the Minister of Finance in the 2019 budget presentation in September 2018.  It is evident that the proposed changes to the MTR have been negatively received by the mines who have since responded with threats of laying off a total of 21,000 Zambian workers from employment as indicated by the Chamber of Mines. ZTP wishes to urge the mining companies to refrain from using workers as bargaining chips with the Government and provide evidence of losses that is attributed to the new tax regime. As ZTP we would like to appeal to these companies to rescind their plans to dismiss the workers and instead engage the Government for a more constructive resolution of this impasse...……….. 

August 19, 2018

The Zambia Tax Platform-ZTP calls upon the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to publish outcomes from the recently finalized audit for mining companies that was initiated after the authority unearthed a scam alleging that one of the giant mining companies had evaded paying tax worth 7.6 Billion United States Dollars. In a follow up statement to the commitment ZRA had made to update the nation on the tax audit it was carrying out, it announced in May that it had completed a full customs audit for all major mining companies in the country. ZRA further promised that it would update the nation on the status of the audit. It is therefore important that the Zambia Revenue Authority lives up to its promise and commitment to share the findings of the said audit...... 

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17th Jan,2021

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES URGED TO ACT ON THE FINDINGS OF THE FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE-ZTP

The Zambia Tax Platform (ZTP) urges Law Enforcement Agencies to act on and investigate the findings of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) in relation to financial crimes perpetrated over the 2019 period. The FIC published the Trends Report of 2020 (the “Trends Report”) which covers the 2019 financial year.

The report findings and revelation are not only aimed at educating the public on measures to detect, prevent and deter financial crime but also to provide basis and grounds for public prosecution of the crimes.

The Trends Report revealed that tax evasion and avoidance among multinational companies, particularly those in extractive industries robs Zambia of much needed resources for development as profits are largely externalized....

ZTP HOLDS A TAX AND ECONOMIC REFORMS MEETING

27th August,2020

The Zambia Tax Platform has urged Government to ensure that expenditure for the 2021 budget is mainly focused on key sectors that support the growth of the economy.

ZTP Chairperson Leah Mitaba said critical areas of focus in the 2021 national budget should among others include investment in, Social Protection, Education and Health as this is will guaratntee equal access to affordable and quality health and education services for all.

Ms Mitaba said this in a speech read on her behalf by CTPD Executive Director Isaac Mwaipopo at the official opening of the tax and economic reforms ahead of the 2021 National budget meeting organized by the Zambia Tax Platform this morning.


 

ZTP'S REFLECTIONS ON THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY 

14th February,2020

The Zambia Tax Platform welcomes the speech delivered by the Minister of Finance, Hon.Dr Bwalya Ng’andu who gave an update on the state of the Zambian Economy. As a consortium of Civil Society Organizations interested in fostering transparency and accountability, we have gone through the speech and make the following observations.

To begin with, we must make mention that the speech does not offer any hope to ordinary Zambian citizens that things will get better any time soon, the speech reconfirmed fears many have had that things will continue deteriorating.

ZTP is encouraged that Government is fully aware of the factors behind the current challenges the economy is experiencing. We also commend Government for the steps taken towards improving accountability by taking the Budgeting Act, reviewing the procurement Act because this is progressive.

DEBT HAS MADE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT DIFFICULT-ZTP

13th Dec,2019

The Zambia Tax Platform has called on Government to support the private sector so that it becomes resilient to the current tough economic conditions.

ZTP Chairperson Leah Mitaba explained that this means being transparent and consistent about policy reforms and provide certainty over the medium term.

Ms Mitaba noted that the private sector is currently finding it hard to thrive in the economy due to the current conditions.

‘’Debt has made business environment difficult. In 2018, foreign direct investment dropped to US$ 0.5 billion from US$1.2 billion in 2017 (Bank of America Merrill Lynch report)’’, She said.

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