First of all, I want to commend The New Times for the great work you are doing. I can’t imagine how my day would start without a first glance at your newspaper.
I read some criticism written by one of your columnists on the Private Sector Federation and found it rather unfair. The columnist said PSF had basically failed to fulfill its mandate under the previous leadership of Mr. Emmanuel Hategeka.
Much as the columnist has the right to express his criticism, after all this is a free country, I strongly believe that the criticism was unfounded and lacked objectivity. Four years ago, PSF was virtually a shadow institution, whose mandate was hardly known.
But to be fair, PSF today, is a strong voice for the Private Sector. It has excelled on the advocacy front, pushed for interests of business community and inevitably led to the growth of this sector.
A number of policy amendments favouring the private sector have been made largely due the advocacy work of the PSF. A case in point is some changes in taxes which were made possible due to PSF’s negotiations with government.
But more important, PSF is now a strong brand whose mandate is clear to the members of the private sector.
Yes, there could be some weaknesses, just like any institution has its own weaknesses but let’s be honest--- the PSF of today is miles ahead of the PSF we knew some years back.