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PSs urged to embrace President Lungu’s vision for a smart Zambia

Economy PSs urged to embrace President Lungu’s vision for a smart Zambia

Deputy secretary to cabinet  Ambassador Peter Kasanda
Deputy secretary to cabinet Ambassador Peter Kasanda

Government has advised Permanent Secretaries to adhere to President Edgar Lungu’s call for professionalism and embrace a transformational culture for a smart Zambia.

Deputy Secretary to Cabinet Ambassador Peter Kasanda says all Permanent Secretaries in the country should adhere to President Edgar Lungu’s call for them to be adaptive, innovative and determined to embrace a transformational culture for smart Zambia.

He said this is because Permanent Secretaries have a huge responsibility for providing leadership, managing resources and ensuring effective implementation of Government programmes.

There is need to embrace principles such as innovation and entrepreneurship, adopting a new paradigm to resolving the current and future challenges, promoting long term planning and creating smart budgeting that promote a whole-of-government approach to public service delivery among other issues, he said.

Ambassador Kasanda was speaking at the Leadership Seminar for Permanent Secretaries held at Protea Safari Hotel in Chisamba, today.

He further urged all participants to actively participate in sharing their various experiences during the workshop and remain committed during the two days programme.

And US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz stated at the same event that such a leadership workshop is an important part of a smart economy and a smart bureaucracy.

He noted that the Zambia government can only be smarter and more efficient as President Lungu has called for if Secretaries realise the key role they play.

He challenged the participants to genuinely represent their institutional memory of the ministry, pass on lessons learnt to others.

He urged them to share success and good motives, keeping morale and productivity high.

Meanwhile, Director, Creative Development Laboratory and Former Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration Sean Carroll says leadership requires team work.

Mr. Carroll says it is good that government through President Lungu in his Parliamentary speech called on the nation to embrace a transformational culture for a smart Zambia.

Among other items discussed on communication skills for executives included Audience Analysis, content and, organisation delivery skills, one on one, meetings, informal conversations, visuals as well as question and answers.

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      1 Since his inauguration as Zambia’s sixth president, Edgar Lungu has increased the country’s poverty levels from 60% on 30th January 2015 to about 85% on 30th October 2015. Many Zambians have become poorer since Edgar Lungu became the President.

      2. Since Edgar Lungu became the president, the kwacha has depreciated from K7 per dollar when he took office in January 2015 to K15 per dollar on 30th October 2015. One this one, Edgar Lungu has broken a record as most dull and useless president that Zambia has ever had since independence. The kwacha is now the world’s worst currency. Food prices have almost tripled because of his visionless leadership. It is a pity.

      3. Since he became president in…

    • 3. Since he became president in January this year, about 5000 miners have lost their jobs on the Copperbelt. Instead of creating employment, Edgar Lungu’s poor and visionless leadership has caused miners to lose jobs. He has broken the record as the first head of State whose lack of vision and pathetic leadership has caused miners to lose jobs. People that used to get over K5000 as the monthly salaries are now receiving K900 under President Edgar Lungu, what a President!

      4. Amidst economic woes being suffered by the country due to his poor leadership, Edgar Lungu opted to spend $400000 to charter a plane and pay huge delegation he took to the United Nation in USA. Again, Edgar Lungu has become the first president after independence to have chartered a plane at a whooping cost despite…

    • chartered a plane at a whooping cost despite many challenges facing people that voted for him in the office.

      5. After realizing that his political popularity is diminishing due to his poor and visionless leadership, Edgar Lungu called for prayer and fasting inorder for forgiveness and reconciliation to take place. But just after a week of the so called prayer and fasting, President Lungu was on the Copperbelt insulting and threatening teachers, miners, political opponents and ordinary members calling them foolish. Again, he has broken a record of being the first president to have terribly embarrassed the so called bishops, revelands and pastors including intercessors who attended his day of prayer and fasting by being the second Zambian to have broken what was being prayed against on…

    • 6. Since he became President, Edgar Lungu’s international visits in 10 months have outnumbered those taken the late Micheal Sata in 3 years. And worst still, 90% of Edgar Lungu’s international visits are unproductive and have just helped to worsen the economic situation in the country as a single journey takes more that $2500 from the country’s treasure. Again he has become the first president to have wasted tax payers’s money on useless journeys since independence. He has even overtaken Rupiah Banda who also tried to do the same during his tenure as president

  1. By ‘ smart zambia’ I thought he meant picking brooms and cleaning the streets and compunds.Not this bla bla bla. I wasn’t going to read the article really.

  2. This gathering is intriguing. How do you even begin to lecture leadership to a bunch of people appointed on NO merit? Most of those are being paid back for shouting loudest during campaigns, some are relatives, others are strategically placed to spy on others. Most of the dedicated, hardworking Directors and Deputy Directors I know are passed over for trash and bootlickers! Good luck with your transformation efforts…

  3. Talk about getting smart… and yet we can’t even get the countrys ancient education system on track. Whose gona make you smart wise guy? The muzungu???

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