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Country is quickly losing fiscal autonomy on account of exacerbated debt contraction. JCTR

Economy Country is quickly losing fiscal autonomy on account of exacerbated debt contraction....

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The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections JCTR has expressed concern with rate at which country is quickly losing fiscal autonomy on account of exacerbated debt contraction with the current external debt is estimated to exceed US $4 billion by close of Fiscal Year 2014.

The organisation says the government’s borrowing at a commercial rate as opposed to bilateral, multilateral and concessional loans is a major source of worry as the country will be forced to pay high interest rates instead of channeling the resource to developmental needs.

The organisation further expresses concern over the lack of a sound risk management profile and are not backed by legislative oversight.

“It is rather a sad reality that over 60 per cent of Zambians live in poverty. Hence Zambia needs to improve on performance of its social sector namely health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation and social protection.

“According to the Ministry of Finance, government allocated US$ 29 Million from the 2012 US $750 million Euro bond to the health sector for modernization of the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) , Livingstone General Hospital, Kitwe General Hospital, and Ndola General Hospital.”

The Centre adds that bond proceeds which have been allocated to the health sector were targeted at procurement of specialized equipment for theatre, prosthetics, orthotics, and other equipments which will not be generating income hence adding more pressure to the already over burdened tax payer.

The organisation has since called on government to ensure that resources raised by means of debt contraction are used for purposes of sustainable development.

“On this score, JCTR is appealing for maximum discipline on the part of controlling officers charged with the responsibility of implementing programmes and activities financed from debt proceeds”.

This is contained in a statement issued by JCTR.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Government must rethink its debt strategy. I am worried because the borrowing is not informed by a strategy of a repayment scheme

  2. How else can this useless government borrow since it does not have any bilateral or multilateral agreement with any country or economic block. Since coming to power, no credible Head of State has visited Zambia. How then do you sign bilateral or multilateral agreements?

  3. JCTR is on sound footing. We are in danger as the fiscal space is shrinking. Let’s consider capturing the informal sector into mainstream taxation. Something is wrong with this borrowing. It’s not planned.

  4. Borrowing is so risky that it shouldn’t be left to the executive branch alone. We need to monitor utilization of debts by government.

  5. We can resolve this problem by removing PF from power because they are incompetent in financial and economic management, and replace them with UPND whose leaders clear appear to have massive financial and economic skills. . . UPND is not a party with good skills in telling lies.

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