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(LUSAKATIMES) ZCTU opposed to liberalisation of ZAMTEL international gateway

ZCTU opposed to liberalisation of ZAMTEL international gateway
Thursday, July 2, 2009, 16:31

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has opposed the liberalisation of the international gateway saying the move will compromise the security of the nation.

ZCTU Deputy Secretary General, Alfred Mudenda, says the proposed partial privatisation of ZAMTEL should not lead to the liberalization of the country’s only international gateway.

Mr. Mudenda says ZAMTEL has strategic assets which are important to the security and economic development of the country.

He was speaking in Kitwe on Thursday when he officially opened a one day National Unions and Communication Workers -NUCW- workshop, on the privatisation of ZAMTEL.

Mr. Mudenda however said the labour movement supports the partial privatization of the company in order for it to attract capital investment.

Private mobile phone service providers have been pushing the government to liberalise the gate way, a move they say will enhance competition and reduce the cost of communication.

Government says it is carrying out extensive consultations with a view to addressing all concerns from service providers before fully liberalizing the international gateway.


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