Trade Ministry urges retailers to make essential products available

Trade Ministry urges retailers to make essential products available

Deputy Executive Director of the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade, Ndiitah Nghipondoka-Robiati said guidelines will be put in place for retailers to provide essential products for pregnant women and mothers of small children.
She said the ministry received complaints and has engaged with retailers to make essential products available.
Nghipondoka-Robiati was speaking at the COVID-19 Communication Centre this morning.
She added that provisions for online shopping will be put in place also those guidelines and the price control act will be amended.
The ministry has so far approved certificates to operate 1 100 crucial businesses.
Nghipondoka-Robiati also highlighted that manufacturers will be engaged to ensure that their price hikes are not because of their margins but because of higher input cost.
Also at the media briefing, Deputy Executive Director in the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Martha Mbombo said the ministry has deployed social workers to engage the community on various platforms regarding COVID-19 and also to help families cope and live together in a situation where a lot of people are together under one roof over a long period.
She said emotions can run high and there is potential for abuse.
She called on family members to take care of children, stay home and love them.
Mbombo also said a task force has been assigned to ensure that all homeless and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) are taken care of.