|President Lungu---rebuilding Zambia is a fight for all of us.Pix: ZNBC|
June 21 (Zambia Informer)-----Zambia seeks to build a resilient but strong economy-anchored on diversification as a yardstick to accelerated growth to counter the pangs of poverty as the country aspires to become a middle income state by the year 2030.
Despite the challenges besetting the country, Zambia stands ready to ride over various obstacles that have stifled economic growth through addressing various challenges that will culminate into the country meeting its aspiration of ensuring all people benefit from the national cake guided by the Government’s focused policies.
President Edgar Lungu, in launching the K342.3 billion Seventh National Development Plan for the period 2017-2021 and dubbed: “To Become a Prosperous Middle Income National by 2030” reiterated Government’s resolve to turn around the misfortunes buffeting the country and yield positive results of the people, especially in rural areas, where the majority are living in squalor spurred by increased poverty levels.
Zambia he added, stands resolved to rise like an Eagle in building a resilient and diversified economy, embracing value addition coupled with knowledge based activities, all deeply entrenched in line with the principled of a Smart Zambia.
It remains Government’s resolve under the strategic plan to accelerate development efforts undertaken to date towards attaining the espoused vision of growth by 2030.
The launch of yet another development plan since inception in 2002, forms part of the Government’s deliberate policy to attaining the vision 2030 which will uphold Zambia’s long time dream of becoming a prosperous middle income nation at the turn of the decade.
President Lungu espouses to see a Zambia where all young people can access education and health facilities; a prosperous Zambia offering equal opportunities to all the citizenry; as well as a prosperous nation where innovation will form the bedrock of commerce and industry.
It remains a long cherished dream under President Lungu’s administration to rebuild Zambia with resilience, but guided by the principle of diversification of the economy with full utilisation of potential in all sectors.
However, fighting poverty, he adds, should be driven by a unity of purpose by all Zambians if challenges besetting the country are to be overcome including poverty which have afflicted mainly the rural areas, where levels have hit an all time high of 76 per cent.
However, President Lungu has raised eyebrows at the increasing disparities between the rich and the poor in the country noting that 10 percent rich account for 56 percent of the national income, hence the need for Zambia to revisit the United Nations-initiated Sustainable Development Goals where all people are included in national building and cake sharing.
The national development launch is an indicator of government’s commitment to create a gateway to the Vision 2030 target, which has remained a long term national aspiration which embraces an integrated multi sectoral approach.
Speaking during the same occasion, United Nations Country Coordinator Janet Rogan hailed Government for espousing for a better Zambia but challenged various stakeholders to unite, set aside political differences and ensure the plan outlined succeeds noting that Zambia’s vision meets the aspiration of the UN system which seeks to promote Sustainable Development Goals -SDGs.
And Minister National Development and Planning, Lucky Mulusa described the plan as home grown which will culminate in Zambians owning the economy as human resource remains key to economic emancipation.
World Bank’s country representative in Zambia, Ina Rutehenburg commended Zambia for its focused vision towards growing the economy and bettering people’s lives across all spheres but sought a coordinated approach between the national budget and the national development plan for the country’s dream to culminate into reality.