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State, NGOs development bedfellows

KABANSHI

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Community Development Emerine Kabanshi says civil society has an important role to play in the government’s national development agenda.
Mrs Kabanshi said non-governmental organisations (NGOs) complement Government’s efforts in improving the quality of the lives of Zambians.
“In order to enhance the collaboration between NGOs and Government, President Lungu has continued to develop and support policies that are aimed at improving co-ordination of NGO activities to reduce duplication of efforts and ensure accountability and equitable distribution of resources,” said Mrs Kabanshi.
She was speaking yesterday during a luncheon with Italian NGOs serving in Zambia.
And Mrs Kabanshi says Government is reviewing the NGO Act through stakeholder engagement to improve the civil society’s participation in development.
“You may be aware that the review process has taken the route of dialogue so that stakeholders can discuss and resolve areas of concern in the current NGO Act,” she said.
She thanked Italy for its support to Zambia over the years.
Italian Ambassador to Zambia Filippo Murgo says a number of NGOs are registered and operating in various sectors such as education, health, social welfare and agriculture.
Mr Murgo, who was accompanied by European Union Head of Delegation to Zambia Alessandro Mariani, said his country values the relationship it shares with Zambia.
“There are strong ties between Zambia and Italy. These NGOs are basically here to demonstrate the intense work civil society does,” Mr Murgo said.
He said the Italian NGOs are dedicated to supporting the vulnerable in society.




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