State urged to give in­cen­tives for pa­per pack­ag­ing plant

Daily Nation Newspaper - - BUSINESS AND COPORATE - By MAILESI BANDA

GOV­ERN­MENT should work on in­cen­tives that will pro­mote in­vest­ment into the man­u­fac­tur­ing of pa­per pack­ag­ing.

Su­pe­rior Milling manag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Cot­tan made the call in Lusaka, not­ing that such a fa­cil­ity will have a big mar­ket as lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers are im­port­ing the prod­ucts from South Africa.

Mr. Cot­tan said pack­ag­ing was key in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, adding that it was through proper pack­ag­ing that goods were able to get shelf space in the chain stores.

Speak­ing dur­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers so­lu­tions sem­i­nar in Lusaka on Wed­nes­day, Mr. Cot­tan said creat­ing in­cen­tives for the man­u­fac­tur­ing of pa­per pack­ag­ing would stim­u­late in­vest­ment into the sec­tor and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment since most busi­nesses will re­place the use of plas­tic bags to pa­per bags that are more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

“Pack­ag­ing is key in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor but cur­rently, we do not have pa­per pack­ag­ing in Zam­bia, as Su­pe­rior Milling we im­port the pa­per pack­ag­ing we use for the pack­ag­ing of our flour from South Africa and this is prov­ing to be ex­pen­sive,” he said. Mr. Cot­tan noted that pa­per pack­ag­ing has a big mar­ket with the num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers that are look­ing to chang­ing their pack­ag­ing from plas­tic to pa­per due to en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. He said the use of pa­per pack­ag­ing had been em­braced in other coun­tries.

He won­dered why Gov­ern­ment can­not pro­mote the man­u­fac­tur­ing of pa­per pack­ag­ing to meet the grow­ing de­mand for the prod­uct.

And Spar Zam­bia rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Renata Zam­bika said the chain store has been plan­ning to move from the use of plas­tic bags for the pack­ag­ing of goods to pa­per pack­ag­ing for cus­tomers but have been de­railed due to the non-avail­abil­ity of the prod­ucts on the lo­cal mar­ket.

She said she has not re­ceived a com­pet­i­tive of­fer for the sup­ply of pa­per pack­ag­ing to the store due to the non-avail­abil­ity of a man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in the coun­try.

Mr Cot­tan

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