KASUBA MULENGA, Lusaka
THE African Union (AU) says Zambia is a well governed country which places development strategies within the context of advancement of the entire continent.
Senior technical advisor to the African Union Commission (AUC) on Agenda 2063 Yaw Adu-Boahene also commended Zambia for playing a key role in the preparation of the continental plan, especially in its first 10-year implementation programme.
Mr Adu-Boahene said this in Lusaka yesterday after a one-day workshop on domestication of Agenda 2063 in Zambia.
â€œGovernment hosted African planning experts in May this year in Lusaka to review the first 10-year plan that was adopted by the African Union summit in Johannesburg in June this year,â€ Mr Adu-Boahene said.
Agenda 2063 is a plan for Africaâ€™s structural transformation which was agreed upon by the AU Golden Jubilee in May 2013.
Mr Adu-Boahene said the AU is happy that in terms of domestication, Zambia is using Agenda 2063 as a key reference document in the formulation of its Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), which will be implemented from 2017 to 2021.
â€œThe new Ministry of National Planning under the leadership of Vice-President Inonge Wina as minister, will have a focal point to coordinate the integration of the first 10-year plan into sector plans,â€ he said.
Mr Adu-Boahene said the Ministry of National Planning will, through consultations for preparations of the 7NDP, discuss the importance of Agenda 2063 to Zambia and Africa and solicit the citizenry to own the process and the outcome of the continental plan.
And officially opening the workshop, Ministry of Finance permanent secretary for economic management and finance Ronald Simwinga said Agenda 2063 is Africaâ€™s long-term vision which captures the hopes, aspirations and expectations of Africans for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent, driven by its own citizens.
In a speech read for him by chief economist for multilateral finance Paul Lupunga, Dr Simwinga said Agenda 2063 requires domestication so that it is not simply seen as an AU document but as a plan which countries like Zambia should view as their own.
â€œIt is in this regard that Agenda 2063 needs to be operationalised at national level by integrating it into our Vision 2030 and our development strategies. In so doing, we shall be able to be part of the development process of Africa as a whole and benefit from it,â€ Dr Simwinga said.
He said Agenda 2063 and its first 10-year implementation plan have been adopted in the same year Zambia is formulating the 7NDP.
â€œWe therefore need to take advantage of the window of hope created as a result of coming up with this continental plan from which Zambia stands to benefit,â€ Dr Simwinga said.
KASUBA MULENGA, Lusaka