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Finance Minister Calls for Unity Amid Challenges

Minister of Finance and National Planning, Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, delivered a poignant message through Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr. Patrick Kangwa, at the inaugural 2024 National Development Coordinating Committee (NDCC) meeting. 

The gathering served as a vital platform to assess Zambia’s progress towards its developmental objectives.

In his speech, Dr. Musokotwane underscored the importance of resilience and determination in overcoming obstacles on the path to national development. 

Emphasizing the government’s unwavering commitment to transforming Zambia socially and economically, he called for strengthened collaboration among all stakeholders.

Notably, Dr. Musokotwane highlighted the pivotal role of the private sector in driving inclusive development, job creation, and improved livelihoods for Zambians. 

He expressed gratitude for the support of cooperating partners and stressed the need for their continued engagement in enhancing program implementation.

However, amidst these developmental aspirations, the Minister drew attention to the National Disaster and Emergency declared by President Hakainde Hichilema on 29th February, 2024. 

He urged all stakeholders to prioritize addressing the potential devastating consequences across critical sectors, including agriculture, water, and energy, to safeguard national food security and millions of livelihoods.

Dr. Musokotwane called for comprehensive and effective short-term and long-term measures to mitigate the impact of the disaster, including budget realignment, water harvesting, and building resilience. 

He reiterated the government’s commitment to implementing the 8th National Development Plan (8NDP) 2024 work plans, focusing on unlocking economic potential, promoting private sector investment, and improving public service delivery.

The Minister stressed the importance of good governance, accountability, and transparency in resource utilization, emphasizing investment over consumptive expenditure. 

He reassured stakeholders of the government’s dedication to providing a conducive environment for socio-economic development, backed by the timely allocation and disbursement of national budget resources.

In essence, Dr. Musokotwane’s address at the NDCC meeting resonated as a clarion call to action, urging collective efforts towards overcoming challenges and realizing Zambia’s development aspirations in 2024 and beyond.

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