The Economics Association of Zambia -EAZ- has backed Zambian Breweries efforts to stop illicit unregulated alcohol that is denying the nation more than US$100million in unpaid annual taxes and duties.
EAZ President Lubinda Haabazoka says there is need for the government to immediately tackle illicit alcohol so that it does not lose revenue.
Dr. Haabazoka says the move will also ensure the country has healthy citizens who can contribute to national socio-economic development.
He said this shortly after touring Zambian Breweries at the Mungwi plant in Lusaka.
Dr. Haabazoka said the association will enhance awareness of the illegal trade and production of alcohol so that it is curtailed by the relevant bodies.
And Zambian Breweries country director, Jose Moran said the Breweries is a big tax payer creating wealth for all Zambians.
Mr. Moran said he is hopeful that the relationship between EAZ and Zambian Breweries will help foster a vibrant economy through tackling challenges involving the beer industry.
He also praised EAZ for being one of the associations spearheading a vibrant economy by drawing attention to issues and challenges denying the nation its wealth in taxes.
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