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Foster development – civil servants urged

From KALUNGA MUSONDA in Kabwe
UNITED Nations (UN) resident coordinator Janet Rogan has challenged civil servants to foster  the development agenda in a bid to uplift the living standards of all Zambians.
Ms Rogan, who is impressed with the pace at which the country is developing, however, implored Government to ensure members of the public take centre stage of its policies and programmes to achieve inclusive growth and sustained development.
She said this here on Tuesday when she addressed heads of government departments.
Ms Rogan said public service workers play a critical role in implementing government policies and programmes, which subsequently improves lives of citizens.
“Government cannot develop this country alone. We need to work together as a team and listen to challenges that people face especially in rural areas,” Ms Rogan said.
She implored the Zambian government and other developing countries to mobilise resources from various partners to achieve sustainable development.
“The implementation of sustainable development goals (SDG) will depend on a global partnership with engagement from Government, civic leaders, private sector and the UN system,” she said.
Ms Rogan, who is on a tour of duty in the province, said the UN has five operating centres in the area, an indication of its commitment to assist Government to foster development.
Earlier, Ms Rogan paid a courtesy call on the provincial permanent secretary, Edwidge Mutale.
And Ms Mutale said the visit by the UN team will provide an insight of development needs of the province.
Ms Mutale emphasised the need for Government to partner with various stakeholders to develop infrastructure in the newly-created districts.
She urged heads of government departments to continue playing a leading role in advancing government policies in the province.

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