Citizen’s View: Uncle T and His Chi Cupu; Why Kill A Local Investor?

Why do we kill local investments yet worshiping foreign businesses? It is absurd. Uncle T of Kabwata is suddenly in the news being threatened following his innovation of the Chi Cup that young people and the old inclusive from a … Continued

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Why do we kill local investments yet worshiping foreign businesses? It is absurd. Uncle T of Kabwata is suddenly in the news being threatened following his innovation of the Chi Cup that young people and the old inclusive from a cross section of society have embraced with easy. The reckless and unwarranted statements from state institutions is scaring away potential customers from this huge investment built from his personal sweat.The negative publicity from institutions such as the Zambia Bureau of Standards -ZABS- is uninspiring for a law abiding citizens who has been settling his taxes. Where were these institutions when Uncle T was applying for licences? Whose interest are these institutions representing? Uncle T needs to be celebrated having taken advantage of the local market to sell the most sought after product on the local market. Uncle T, as a law abiding citizen took the samples of his cocktail to the University Teaching Hospital -UTH- for critical analysis and he was subsequently, granted the licence unless l am proved otherwise that those who did so are alien to development. I must mention that with or without the cocktail from Uncle T people will always die so stop blackmailing the man for being innovative and just join in the fun.This tendency of frustrating local investments in whatever field should come to end considering that the man is creating employment to the many young people in the country. We have already forgotten his humble contribution to the City market fire victims of about K 40, 000 from his procceeds. Uncle T deserves better, as an indigenous investor unlike the current negative publicity he drowning in. We should enchanceforth stop this awing and admiring people only when they invest in foreign countries rather than their country of birth. Uncle T is a legend and deserves our support in his humble contribution to the economic development of mother Zambia. He opted not to be a spectator but a participant in the affairs of this country therefore he deserves a page in our annuals of history. Leave the guy to do his business.This kind of mindset of trying to pull your fellow Zambia is very bad who is earning genuine money. Mabvuto Phiri [Facebook] The post Citizen’s View: Uncle T and His Chi Cupu; Why Kill A Local Investor? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Citizen’s View: Answer The $1 Million Question; The Case Of 42 Fire Trucks

Since I haven’t spoken about the K1million fire tenders, and I have done the preparation of government tenders before, all I can say is the the selection of the winner of the tenders is not heavily based on the price. … Continued

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Since I haven’t spoken about the K1million fire tenders, and I have done the preparation of government tenders before, all I can say is the the selection of the winner of the tenders is not heavily based on the price. In tendering, the bidder prepares two proposals, the first – called a Technical proposal – details the specifications of the bid, the company details, financial health, audit reports etc. This is the proposal which is then looked at first. The best two or three bidders with the highest scores here are the only ones whose Financial Proposals are now opened. So from the list of about 20 companies, forget all those prices you saw, the losers’ prices wont be seen until publishing time. For technical proposals, local companies always get preferential treatment over foreign companies in the scoring system. So when the best technical proposals have been picked, we now look at the 2 to 3 financials. For the financial proposals, usually, the terms are explained whether the lowest financial bidder from among those top 3 technical winners would win, but that’s rare to avoid bidders making ridiculously low bids simply to win but then to compromise the whole process. Otherwise the best price would always win. So sometimes scores are made for the financial proposal and then added to the technical proposal and then the best total score wins. The rule of the thumb is technical proposal 70-80% of the total score and financial proposal 30-20% of the total score. However, if the best scorer is also one with issues in procurement or has poor history with the owner of the bid, this can be passed on to the next best tender. As for this price, I have no idea how much fire tenders are and I can spend time castigating government over the price but I am not qualified to do so. Suffice to say, as many are saying, on the internet, these are costing something like US $550,000. Now add accessories, customisation works, shipping, landing costs, costs on trucks from the border to here since you can’t just drive them and risk damaging them, then training of local staff, and then profit, and maybe after-service. Will the total reach USD1million? Kaya!!! Me I don’t know teacher. Are we together class? Oliver Shalala [Facebook] The post Citizen’s View: Answer The $1 Million Question; The Case Of 42 Fire Trucks appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Electoral Process – ‘La Francophonie’ Mission Awaited

[Cameroon Tribune] “The Minister of Communication informs the national and international public that Mr. OUEDRAOGO Désiré Kadré, former Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister and former President of the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS), will be on a working visit in Yaounde from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September 2017, in his capacity as Head of the Mission of”La Francophonie” in charge of the electoral process in Cameroon. In addition to Mr. OUEDRAOGO, the mission is composed of high profile p

[Cameroon Tribune] "The Minister of Communication informs the national and international public that Mr. OUEDRAOGO Désiré Kadré, former Burkina Faso's Prime Minister and former President of the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS), will be on a working visit in Yaounde from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September 2017, in his capacity as Head of the Mission of"La Francophonie" in charge of the electoral process in Cameroon. In addition to Mr. OUEDRAOGO, the mission is composed of high profile p

source: AllAfrica News: Cameroon

Cameroon-Italy – First Social Forum Announced for Rome

[Cameroon Tribune] The outgoing Ambassador of Italy to Cameroon, Samuela Isopi made the announcement during a farewell audience with the Prime Minister on September 15, 201.

[Cameroon Tribune] The outgoing Ambassador of Italy to Cameroon, Samuela Isopi made the announcement during a farewell audience with the Prime Minister on September 15, 201.

source: AllAfrica News: Cameroon

Kevin Njomo Kamdem – ‘Work Has Been Properly Spelt Out’

[Cameroon Tribune] FIFA gave us three assignments and this within six months. The three assignments are very important because they are what constitute our job task. It is just looking at the three, organising ourselves and making sure all of them are …

[Cameroon Tribune] FIFA gave us three assignments and this within six months. The three assignments are very important because they are what constitute our job task. It is just looking at the three, organising ourselves and making sure all of them are tackled at the same time. Also, the members have already looked at the aspect of competition because competitions are going already. They have been in the stadium to watch two matches and off course they were there to encourage the U-20 women's Football team before they left fo

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PM Meets Polish, German Companies Over Plants in East Port Said

[Egypt Online] Prime Minister Sherif Ismail conferred on Sunday 17/9/2017 with representatives of the five German and Polish companies that signed investment contracts with “East Port Said Development Company” last week in Germany.

[Egypt Online] Prime Minister Sherif Ismail conferred on Sunday 17/9/2017 with representatives of the five German and Polish companies that signed investment contracts with "East Port Said Development Company" last week in Germany.

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Aviation Minister Discusses Cooperation With Djibouti’s Ambassador

[Egypt Online] Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy received on Sunday 17/9/2017 Djibouti’s Ambassador to Egypt Mohamed Zhr Hrsy at his office at the ministry headquarters in Cairo to discuss relations between both countries.

[Egypt Online] Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy received on Sunday 17/9/2017 Djibouti's Ambassador to Egypt Mohamed Zhr Hrsy at his office at the ministry headquarters in Cairo to discuss relations between both countries.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

Government Aims to Curtail Unemployment Down to 9.5 Percent

[Egypt Online] Planning Minister Hala el Saeed said on Sunday 17/9/2017 that the country targeted reducing the unemployment rate to 9.5 percent in the coming two fiscal years.

[Egypt Online] Planning Minister Hala el Saeed said on Sunday 17/9/2017 that the country targeted reducing the unemployment rate to 9.5 percent in the coming two fiscal years.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt