ZRA this morning hosted the first-ever stakeholders meeting with the entertainment industry that included the National Arts Council, National Media Arts and Film Makers Guild of Zambia, at Lusaka’s Pamodzi Hotel.

Speaking at the event this morning, ZRA Commissioner General Dr. Kingsley Chanda said the Authority stands ready to engage with the industry and come up with tax solutions and initiatives that will be beneficial to all stakeholders. The Authority is ready to listen to artists’ submissions and ensure that current taxes do not disadvantage the entertainment sector.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chanda has emphasised that the Authority will ensure that current taxes do not disadvantage the sector. He has also encouraged the industry to familiarise itself with the current tax incentives that the Government has put on offer to the arts.

And National Arts council of Zambia Acting Chairperson, Agnes Nyendwa is hopeful that her members’ outcry to revisit the way Arts’ income is taxed will come to fruition.

Lawrence Thompson of the Film Makers Guild of Zambia says his industry will benefit and compete internationally if it receives exemptions on the importation of film making equipment.

At the same function, Besa Kyanamina of Centripetal Media Zambia said the meeting has brought new hope to the industry, which currently employs a lot of youths.

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