Government has withdrawn the offer to host the 2011 All Africa Games. Chief Government spokesperson, who is also Information and Broadcasting services Minister, Ronnie Shikapwasha, said the decision to withdraw the offer has been made to save money towards enhancing food security in the wake of the current global economic crisis.
Lieutenant General Shikapwasha said government decided to channel resources towards the provision of essential services to cushion the impact of the rising food prices in Zambia and the rest of the world.
Gen. Shikapwasha said the escalating food prices, declining commodity prices which have affected copper earnings and the decline in government revenue, which are due to the global financial crisis, have forced the Zambian government to forgo the hosting of the games.
Gen. Shikapwasha announced the decision at a press briefing in Lusaka today.
The minister, however, noted that government has re-prioritized it spending plans for the 2009 to 2011 Medium Expenditure Framework to concentrate on a few important programmes.
He stressed that government has decided to shift about K800 billion to identified priority areas, which include food production, hospitals, schools, water and sanitation and roads.
He noted that government will continue to finance the construction of hostels at all the universities and colleges that were to have been used by participants as the contracts have already been entered into and infrastructure would benefit the institutions