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Lucky Mulusa speaking at the 'Invest in Zambia' business forum held at Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa on 3rd November, 2016
Lucky Mulusa speaking at the ‘Invest in Zambia’ business forum held at Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa on 3rd November, 2016
Minister of National Development Planning Lucky Mulusa has announced that cabinet have unanimously adopted the countries seventh national development plan, which has been decomposed into provincial GDP. .

Announcing the development at a briefing yesterday Mr Mulusa said the plan which is now awaiting implementation has a frame work enhancing the decentralisation policy.

Mr Mulusa noted that this framework was in line with the Head of States vision to create synergies and use of an integrated Multi-sectoral development approach.

Mr Mulusa announced that all the ten provinces will now know their levels of GDP contribution and thus all provinces will now need to exploit their full potential.

He said all provinces will now work hard to help contribute to the countries economic growth.

Mr Mulusa noted that the Copperbelt is still the countries highest GDP contributor followed by Lusaka and North Western province respectively.

He sited Muchinga, Western and Luapula as the least contributors.

He noted that the decentralisation would require a fundamental shift towards enhancing fiscal decentralisation as devolution of powers to lower organs.

Mr Mulusa emphasised that the seventh national development plan was in line with the Patriotic Front’s mandate to promote a bottom up approach in development planning.

Speaking at Press briefing earlier today, Minister of Development Planning Hon. Lucky Mulusa, announced that the 7NDP has been contextualised in the framework of the decentralisation policy and to this effect, the national GDP (GDP) has been decomposed into provincial GDP.

“In view of this development approach, the focus is on high level development outcomes through such all ministries, provinces and spending agencies, private sector, cooperating partners and other stakeholders will work towards achieving the 7NDP’s objectives,” said Mr Mulusa.

Provinces will now know their levels of GDP contribution based on the provinvcial comparative advantages.
To achieve this, each province will be required to exploit its full potential and contribute to Economic growth and development on the basis of their resource endowment.

Below is how the ten provinces across the country are currently fairing in terms of GDP contribution from highest GDP contributor to the lowest:

1. Copperbelt Province
2. Lusaka Province
3. Southern Province
4. Northwestern Province
5. Central Province
6. Eastern Province
7. Northen Province
8. Muchinga Province
9. Luapula Province
10. Western Province

The above actually tallies with the outcome of the poverty census that was recently carried out.

The decomposing of the national GDP has implications on the program and project implementation and it supports the principle of subsidiarity in national development planning.

It further requires a fundamental shift towards enhancing fiscal decentralisation as devolution of powers to lower organs. This also promotes the bottom up approach in development planning.

18 COMMENTS

    • There you go. It is very embarrassing that with all that water and good fertile soil, Luapula, Muchinga and Northern provinces rank so poorly. If you have been to these places, you appreciate the squalor and abject poverty our people leave in. Unfortunately, the status quo will continue because PF and Edgar Lungu in particular have no vision for this country

    • Yes they are Just lazy and incompetent these so-called journalists: Such nonsensical writing
      cabinet have unanimously adopted the countries seventh national development plan, which has been decomposed into provincial GDP. .

  1. There is no party in Zambia right now that can pull us out of this economic quagmire. Every body wants to rule, fair enough, however, they don’t have the capacity. The catch word is CAPACITY. Poverty continues to grow instead of declining and you are clapping your hands. Zambians?…

    • Your analysis is simplistic. How can you assume that when others have never had a chance to prove themselves? Yes PF has failed but I think we would do much better with HH and UPND

  2. Another plan AWAITING implementation.
    Decomposed means rotten..Doesn’t it. Deconstructed might be the word

  3. This is a party development plan.

    When exactly did Zambians of all walks of life have an input? Or is it assumed a blind approval was given at the disputed elections.

    Can PF tell us what the underlying VISION is in this ‘national’ development plan?

  4. Policy after policy but no tangible realization of empirical change. They keep wasting money on drafting these policies every day, earn hefty allowances while the masses wallow in abject poverty. How did Mwanawasa manage to bring things to normal within a relatively short time? It is not magic, seriousness coupled with stringent fight against corruption and directing resources to productive areas of our economy that’s how. Since 2011, what can the PF point at in terms of economic emancipation and bridging the the gap in poverty alleviation? The 7NDP will take another 10 years for it to bear fruits. Truth be told, these misfits do not mean well but are there to enrich themselves.

  5. well,well,….. waiting to see how the policy will carried in each province… talk is cheap and many are paid for it but action must be seen..

  6. and now some nincompoops think they can do without Southern provionce and Lusaka..madness ba PF..you embrace us and will see how Zambia will flourish..the rest iof the country nibanyandule chabe..

  7. Central Statistical Office (CSO) needs to take charge here. Presenting GDP by Province is not the answer. Presenting contribution to GDP by sector is more useful. For instance, agriculture and tourism are more critical for the standard of living because they employ more workers. What is the basis of regional differences in GDP share? Wrong policies and past injustices provide an explanation for regional imbalances. Instead of publicizing the regional imbalances, it is better to concentrate on solutions. The solutions include infrastructure development, revamping educational system and health system, improving tourist attractions, etc.

  8. GOOD MOVE ESPECIALLY IN TARGETED EXPENDITURES OF COURSE WITH EQUITY IN PROVICIALS TO ENSURE ALL ARE ALLOCATED FAIRLY IN COMMENSURATE TO GDP PERFORMANCE

    BUT FIRST THING FIRST ALLOW CENSUS TO MOVE AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL STATISTICS-INFLATION AND MAKE THEM CREATE A DATA BASE FOR ALL PRODUCTIVITY IN REAL AND NOMINAL TERMS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND SERVICES AND MONTHLY REPORT THE PRODUCTION-GDP

    KNWONING PRODUCTIVITY -REAL ON SECTORS IS THE STARTING POING AND CREATING A MONTHLY REPORT LINE

  9. Start with each province retaining a percentage of what it generates to plough back into provincial development programs before contribution to central government for national programs. This would have worked had provincial assemblies been agreed upon maybe thats why the proposal was rejected someone may have had a hunch what it would lead to! Provinces would run as states!

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