Scrap VAT on books to boost literacy

A trader selling second hand books to parents along the Makadara Road, Mombasa, on January 4, 2017. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The digital economy that the government has been hyping will depend on the flourishing of books.
  • The tourism sector, for the second year running, received a boost with the exemption of VAT for local tourist vehicle assemblers.
  • Publishers have argued that a zero VAT rate on books is the best way to support reading, education and a thriving knowledge economy.

Books are the engines of knowledge acquisition and transfer.

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