Zambia introduces tariff on Internet calls

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File: President Edgar Lungu chairs the first Cabinet Meeting at State House on Monday, October 3,2016 – Picture By Eddie Mwanaleza

Cabinet has approved the issuance of a Statutory Instrument (SI) that will facilitate the introduction of a 30 Ngwee a day tariff to be charged through mobile phone operators and Internet providers on Internet phone calls.

Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya says Cabinet has noted that there is an increase in the use of Internet phone calls at the expense of traditional phone calls and this threatens the telecommunications industry and jobs in companies such as Zamtel, Airtel and MTN.

Ms Siliya who is also information minister says research shows that 80 per cent of citizens are using WhatsApp, skype, and Viber to make phone calls.

During the same Meeting, cabinet approved in principle, the introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the Food Reserve Act, of 1995 in order to strengthen the operations of the Food Reserve Agency and enable it to operate sustainably with reduced depend
nce on Government funding .

The minister said it is in the interest of Government to ensure that FRA is more sustainable in the implementation of its programmes and activities and reduce pressure on the Treasury financially so that some of the resources are targeted towards other need
areas.

Ms Siliya said Cabinet further approved in principle, the introduction of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Bill that will repeal and replace certain parts, clauses and sections contained in the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act of 2009.

She said the Bill will promote an increased cybersecurity posture; facilitate intelligence gathering, investigation, prosecution and judicial processes in respect of preventing and addressing cybercrimes, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare against the Republ
c of Zambia.

Ms Siliya said cabinet has further directed the Minister of Finance to publish and disseminate the 2017 Annual Economic Report to the public.

This is according to a statement made available to ZNBC News by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and broadcasting services,Isaac Chipampe.

ZNBC

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