Vice President Inonge Wina has told Zambians living in Ethiopia that the country’s economy is bouncing back from the recession it experienced during the last economic performance of 2016/2017.
ZANIS reports from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that Mrs Wina said this when Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta hosted a dinner in her honour.
Mrs Wina assured the Zambian community that Government remains committed in ensuring the provision and delivery of socio-economic services to its citizenry.
She further added that government has put up various measures that will help in boosting and sustaining the country’s economic performance.
The Vice President cited the Seventh National Development Plan as one economic measure that Government is implementing in order to rescue the country from its economic and social challenges.
“Government has a mammoth task to meet the obligation of the 7th National Development Plan which is anchored on many pillars of development”, she stated.
Mrs Wina observed that Zambia’s setbacks experienced include, among others, the reduction of copper prices which affected Government’s revenue collection thereby resulting in poor provision and delivery of socio-economic services.
The invasion of army worms which may affect the agriculture production performance is another setback.
She, however, informed the gathering that Government is doing everything possible to ensure no Zambian starves to death.
According to Mrs Wina, Government may consider diverting funds from other sectors for purposes of ensuring that there is sufficient food for everyone.
The Vice President further said the outbreak of cholera saw the country lose more than 70 lives.
She indicated that Government worked so hard to stabilize the situation.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta thanked the Vice President for Government’s decision to construct a block of flats for the Zambian diplomatic staff working in Ethiopia.
Mrs Sikaneta observed that the project will help government cut down on costs.
She observed that apart from the project accommodating the Zambian diplomatic staff, it will also rent out to the diplomatic community, a situation that will result in increased revenue collection.
And chairperson for Zambians resident in Ethiopia Jacob Zulu thanked Government for being proactive over the diaspora policy.
The Vice President was accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji, Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo, and Mines and Minerals Christopher Yaluma.