The Ministry of National Development Planning has urged Zambians in diaspora to partner with the Government in implementing the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) to achieve the set goals.
Ministry of National Development Planning Permanent Secretary (Monitoring and Evaluation) Mushuma Mulenga said this on Saturday when he met and exchanged views with Zambian professionals working for various multilateral organisations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Permanent Secretary is in Addis Ababa participating in the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) committee of experts meeting, which is preparatory to the 51st Session of the Commission and conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
Mr. Mulenga said the Ministry of National Development Planning had an open-door policy to Zambian citizens regardless of where they are based and is receptive to innovative ideas that will contribute to national development and prosperity for all Zambians.
“I would like to urge all of you, as experts in various fields, to read and appreciate the content of the Seventh National Development Plan and volume two of the same document, which is the Implementation Plan,” Mr. Mulenga said. “We want you to partner with the Government in the implementation process of this all-encompassing plan for our country to achieve the desired development that will benefit all of us and future generations.”
Mr. Mulenga said Minister of National Development Planning Honourable Alexander Chiteme will participate in the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, which will focus on the African Continental Free Trade Area and creating fiscal space for jobs and economic diversification.
“The Government of Zambia is committed to create jobs and grow the economy; the Government is working hard to diversify the economy from overdependence on mining,” Mr. Mulenga said. “Therefore, I am sure you agree with me that this meeting is very important for Zambia.”
President of the Association of Zambians Living in Ethiopia (AZE) Jack Zulu pledged his members’ willingness and commitment to work with the Government to attain national development.
“This group here has a lot of expertise in various fields and we are readily available to give guidance to the Government,” Mr. Zulu said. “On the Seventh National Development Plan, we stand ready to support the Government in implementing this Plan.”
Mr. Zulu said Zambians at home and abroad must work together to ensure that there should be no cholera outbreaks in future.
Several Zambians called for innovative waste management system and recommended recycling of plastics. They also recommended the division of Lusaka City Council to serve various residential areas to ensure effectiveness, considering that the population of the city had grown beyond the capacity of the local authority.
The Permanent Secretary assured the Zambians that he would take the recommendations for consideration by relevant authorities. The Permanent Secretary commended Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) Her Excellency Susan Sikaneta and her diplomatic staff for regularly engaging and unifying Zambians resident in their countries of accreditation.
Ambassador Sikaneta said the Ministry of National Development Planning was doing a commendable job in planning Zambia’s developmen