Government has begun engaging cooperating partners in the consultative process on the formulation of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) which will be implemented from 2017 to 2021.
Government through the Ministry of National Development Planning and its cooperating partners today held in Lusaka the first consultative meeting on the formulation of the 5 year development plan .
Acting President Inonge Wina who was guest of honor said the meeting is aimed at sharing government’s development aspirations and gain the support of cooperating partners in areas where the state and partners can jointly work together in coming up with a document incorporating programmes and projects that will stimulate change in the life of Zambians.
Ms. Wina who is Republican Vice President and Minister of National Development Planning noted that government created her ministry to precipitate the transformative agenda through the development of the 7NDP among many other initiatives.
She said there is need for Zambia to refocus the country’s development strategies through formulation of the new development plan as the Revised Sixth National Development Plan is coming to a conclusion this year.
Ms Wina said the 7NDP which is being formulated through the consultative process is expected to stipulate the development priorities for the country for the next five years.
She noted that the 7NDP will not only give the country an opportunity to re-engineer the national development prospects that will enhance human development but will also provide the country the opportunity to integrate and mainstream sustainable development goals in the national development framework including district, provincial and sector plans.
Ms Wina said the process requires government from the onset to build and secure a shared development vision with the development partners, civil society organizations, private sector, faith based organizations and other state and non-state actors.
Meanwhile UNAIDS Country Director Medhin Tsehaiu has called on government to consider engaging different community groups such as youths who are the majority in the country during the planning process in order for them to participate in the planning and implementation process.
Ms. Tsehaiu said the United Nations finds the consultative process critical because the planning is coming into effect immediately after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals where Zambia has been active in the formulation and embedding the development goals into the national development plans.
And World Bank Group Country Manager Ina-Mariene Ruthenberg said her organization stands ready to support Zambia in the formulation of the development plan because it is about inclusive growth and shared visions.
Prof. Ruthenberg disclosed that the World Bank is already working with Zambia on the fiscal impact of the national development planning