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Private sector urged to be more innovative, create jobs

NKOLE MULAMBIA, Ndola
THE United Nations (UN) says the private sector should be more innovative by helping create jobs and stimulate economic growth in the country.
Meanwhile, the UN is working on a proposal for 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) which will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs).
UN Zambia resident coordinator Janet Rogan said there is need for the private sector to be innovative and submit ideas to the agency so that it can decide how best to invest money to make a difference in the country.
Ms Rogan said if the private sector faces various obstacles such as regulations, statutory environment, access to justice, investment promotion and legislation environment, the agency would help with the provision of policy coherence and advice, expertise in various areas and capacity building.
“We are currently supporting Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and in the next few weeks we will be handing over a first mobile laboratory to improve the quality of standards,” she said during a forum in Ndola at the Zambia International Trade Fair.
Ms Rogan also said the agency will this year set a national agenda for the next 15 years which matches with Zambia’s Vision 2030.
She said the SDGs will cover every possible area.
“This is the matter that we need to be in partnership with Government, the private sector and community. This is something new and reachable to the private sector. We are talking about investment planning for transformation together for sustainable development and effective change,” she said.
The sustainable development agenda, which will come on board next year, will be much more cross-cutting, comprehensive and compact.
Governments are expected to set the agenda while development actors such as the UN will support and help them to achieve their aspirations.
The SDGs are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.




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