THE 2017 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) open in the United States (US) capital Washington DC next week.
Minister of Finance Felix Mutati and Minister of National Planning and Development Lucky Mulusa will arrive next week leading the Zambian delegation.
The Spring meetings bring together Ministers of Finance, Ministers of Development, governors of Central Banks and civil society organizations to discuss among others global economic affairs.
In a statement, First Secretary for Press and Public Relations Patricia Littiya said the two Ministers are expected to attend the Africa Group 1 Constituency meeting at which the Mr. Mutati sits on the board.
Ms Littiya says several meetings are expected to be held between the Zambian delegation and representatives of cooperating partners.
Among them is the meeting with the IMF Mission Team, IFC Africa Management Team and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Mr. Mutati is expected to speak at the Spring Meeting Africa Forum that will discuss among other the priorities, opportunities, and challenges of doing business in Africa, including the political environment, economic policy, security, taxation and business regulations.
Mr Mutati is also expected to speak at a seminar on “Revealing the myths and collecting the facts on social protection in Africa”.
“The Minister is expected to speak on the rationale for the expansion of the Social Cash Transfer, Impact of the programme and experiences drawn from the programme,” she said.
Ms Littiya says the Zambian delegation is also expected to meet with financial institutions such as the Citibank Group, Standard Chartered Bank and the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB).
The Zambian delegation includes the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr. Christopher Mvunga, Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba, Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Mukuli Chikuba, Ministry of National Planning Permanent Secretary Chola Chabala and Bank of Zambia Governor Dr Denny Kalyalya.