Zambia Revenue Authority Commissioner General Mr. Kingsley Chanda has directed that all procurement in authority should be reserved for local citizens and bidders.
In a Memo Dated 14th December, 2016 Mr. Chanda Stated That Zambian Registered Companies should be given business to supply goods, works and services to the authority as long as they are fully tax compliant and capable of fulfilling the contract.
The Commissioner General said goods, works and services may be subject to a reservation scheme, consistent with the governments’ economic and social policy in line with regulations 160 statutory instrument number 63 of 2011.
Mr. Chanda Said Zambian Companies Will be given Priority to deal with the authority but should be registered with the authority and Paying all Taxes.
The directive is in line with section 26 (3), (4) and (6) of the public procurement act number 12 of 2008 for goods, works and services while section 28 (3), (4) and (6) provide for consulting services.
He however added that where local capacity is not available, foreign companies with local partners will be considered.
Mr. Chanda said the directive also applies to customs clearing agents because agents who are not fully tax compliant risk being de-registered next year.
He said clearing agents also need to be registered for all taxes instead of just being taxes on behalf of importers.