GOVERNMENT should create an enabling environment for new businesses to flourish on the Copperbelt and provide opportunities for retrenched miners.
Governance activist David Kapoma said business opportunities should allow retrenched miners to venture into construction, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.
“Government should create an enabling environment for new businesses to flourish on the Copperbelt. This I believe, will provide an opportunity for those who have lost jobs in the mining sector to find new opportunities in the construction and agriculture sectors which the President wants former miners to take advantage of.
“This may include increasing the small scale businesses taxable income thresholds in order to help them stay in business and plough their income back into companies.
These measures, if implemented will help restore fiscal sustainability and macro-economic stability on the Copper belt as well as help to avert the expected exodus of ex-miners who might be moving to other provinces to seek employment opportunities in other sectors,” Mr Kapoma said.
He also said the current economic state on the Copper-belt was desperate and called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders, including opposition political parties, in order to sustain existing operations and avert the continuation of the current spate of suspensions and job losses in the mining industry.