Speaking at the end of a consultative meeting of government officials and scrap metal dealers at the weekend, Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office (Union and Environment) Ummy Mwalimu said the government wants to improve scrap metal business. The take-off point is to cut short the time for securing the trading permit because currently it takes between five to seven months to get a permit. She did not specify the time limit within which a trader will get the permit.
But the minister assured that the permit will be valid for three years from the present one year.
The minister also assured entrepreneurs that the government values the scrap metal business because it contributes significantly to the gross domestic product.
However, she was emphatic on punishing severely dishonest traders. The government recognises that this business is important to the growth of the national economy. But we shall punish very severely dishonest traders by confiscating their permits and taking them to court on charges of economic sabotage, she warned.
The minister appealed to traders to refrain from damaging and trading parts of national installations, especially damaging rails, building, bridges, communication and electric transmission lines.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Engineer Joseph Malongo, said local industries need and must get raw materials locally. One strategic source, he said, is scrap metal within the country. He said trade in waste metal will be improved as part of the implementation of the national industrialisation agenda. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com