State, CSO create common ground


SECRETARY to the Treasury Fredson Yamba says Government and civil society organisations have agreed to strengthen stakeholder involvement in delivering national development through common understanding towards attainment of Vision 2030.
Mr Yamba said this in Lusaka yesterday when he read out a communique on the joint government and civil society national symposium held in Lusaka recently.
“The symposium deliberated and recognised that although so much progress has been achieved on the national economic agenda, the gains have not translated into poverty reduction, especially in the rural areas,” Mr Yamba said.
He said it was also recognised that development issues such as gender, disability, water and sanitation, environment and nutrition needed to take prominence in national development planning for successful outcomes towards attaining Vision 2030.
Mr Yamba said the symposium noted the significance of strengthening co-ordination of national development across and among all stakeholders and implementing entities.
“It was, therefore, resolved to develop a co-ordinated and comprehensive framework. We reiterated the need to move from raw agriculture-based economy to an industrial one by way of value-addition to create employment and fight poverty,” Mr Yamba said.
He said the symposium committed itself to providing leadership by all individuals and institutions in terms of accountability and information-sharing in development initiatives.
He said it was the meeting’s resolve to further improve the macro-economic indicators and ensure they translate into improved social outcomes and foreign direct investments to domestic investment as a way of reducing the externalisation of resources from the country.
The meeting resolved to involve the youth in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national development programmes and projects.
And Civil Society for Poverty Reduction executive director Kryticous Nshindano said Government and civil society should work together for sustainable development to be achieved.
“The symposium provided the space for Government and civil society organisations to brainstorm, analyse, criticise, identify key issues and later agree on prominent challenges that the country is facing,” Mr Nshindano said.

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