Newly appointed National Development Planning Minister Alexander Chiteme has hits the ground running as per his promise to the Zambia people.
Mr. Chiteme on his first day in office met his Senior Management Team.
During the meeting, the Minister called for hard work from the Senior Management Team and staff under their charge, The Minister further assured his team of his full support on all key issues that the Ministry needs to undertake.
During the meeting, Mr. Chiteme emphasised on the need to fully operationalise the project appraisal system to guide implementation of mega national projects.
He further stressed the need to increase absorption capacity of all donor funded projects.
Mr Chiteme directed that all departments should submit monthly reports without fail and that he shall strictly focus on departmental deliverables with a view to check the performance of each Directorate.
The meeting was attended by the two Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry, namely the Permanent Secretary for Planning and Administration Mr. Chola Chabala and the Permanent Secretary for Monitoring and Evaluation Dr. Auxilia Ponga.
The Permanent Secretaries highlighted key fundamental milestones of the Ministry while the Directors briefed the Minister on their key deliverables as Departments.
On Tuesday, the new minister was part of the presidential entourage that visited the cholera centre at Heroes stadium.