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LOCAL STORES vs International CHAIN STORES

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By Alick
It’s 7am and my daily routine begins. I’m running late to make my own breakfast, so I figure I’ll grab a bite on the way. I ask myself, ‘should I get doughnuts and coffee from the new international chain store that just opened or should I go kuli ‘Ba Mike’ pa corner’, like I have always done in the past. I need my newspaper too. Should I get it from the young guy at the corner or at the huge chain bookstore that just opened in my neighbourhood. These are the choices most consumers are faced with in rapidly urbanising cities around Zambia.

Now many of us like to measure a city’s success in terms of the number of new international brands that are flocking to our malls or the new and posh international nightclubs that give us that ‘Ibiza feel’. But does “success” mean having a stronger business and commercial environment that typically attracts chain store businesses, even if this means pushing out locally owned, smaller stores because of higher rents and the purchasing power of …

Revive Buy Zambia campaign

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Government should revive the buy Zambia campaign to encourage consumption of locally produced goods and services, Ndola and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NDCCI) has said.


NDCCI publicity secretary Paul Chisunka said increasing domestic consumption of locally produced goods and services will create enormous economic benefits and promote national pride and unity.
“To induce financial capacity, there is need to enact a preferential Governmental spending legislation such as the buy Zambia concept. Government and all its line ministries should be compelled to prefer Zambian-made products in their purchases,” Mr Chisunka told journalists at a press briefing in Ndola on Wednesday. He also said Government and stakeholders to be chief advocates to sensitise, encourage organisation and individuals to buy local goods and services.
He commended Government on strides made in attracting foreign direct investment despite economic challenges being faced in key sectors.
The chamber has suggest…