JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has revised the 2011-2015 Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP) with a call from President Sata to support the new plan if Zambia is to achieve the objectives of becoming a prosperous middle-income country by 2030.
President Sata said the plan, to be called â€˜Revised Sixth National Development Plan (R-SNDP) 2013-2016â€™, is a revision of the previous strategy aimed at achieving objectives of becoming a â€œprosperous middle-income country by 2030â€.
He said this in a statement issued by Ministry of Finance public relations officer Chileshe Kandeta in Lusaka yesterday.
â€œIn view of this, I call upon the National Development Coordinating Committee, Sector Advisory Groups, Provincial Development Coordinating Committees, District Development Coordinating Committees, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations, Faith-based Organisations and the ordinary Zambians to be pillars in the implementation and monitoring of progress in their respective sectors,â€ Mr Sata said.
He said the plan focuses on public capital investments that have a bias to rural development and job creation meant to achieve inclusive growth.
President Sata said the realisation of the R-SNDP hinges on the support of citizens, and Zambians should be fully committed and participate in its implementation at an accelerated rate.
President Sata said the main investment areas of the plan are in skills development, science and technology, agriculture, livestock and fisheries.
Others are energy and infrastructure development particularly transport infrastructure while enhancing human development-related sectors of water and sanitation, education and health.
President Sata said the programmes will respond to the strategic focus of the plan and its theme of: People -Centered Economic Growth and Development.
He said Zambia is committed to planning socio-economic development of the country as reflected by the determination of Government to improve the economic conditions of citizens.
â€œThe R-SNDP is primarily an investment plan which contains quantifiable programmes to inform sector planning and budgeting processes,â€ President Sata said.
He said the plan provides a comprehensive medium-term strategy for an all-inclusive and sustainable development agenda and further builds on the growing strength of the economy.
Mr Sata said the plan will address weaknesses and challenges faced during the implementation of the previous plans against a backdrop of good economic performance in 2011 and 2012 with real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 6.8 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, against the targeted growth rates of 6.4 percent and 7.0 percent.
JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka