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Presidential Speech - Launch of Sndp 2011 - 2015

Presidential Speech - Launch of Sndp 2011 - 2015

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REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

SPEECH BY HIS EXECELLENCY MR RUPIAH BWEZANI BANDA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AT THE LAUNCH OF THE SIXTH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SNDP) 2011–2015 AT MULUNGUSHI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE ON FRIDAY, 4th FEBRUARY, 2011

CABINET MINISTERS AND DEPUTY MINISTERS PRESENT, YOUR EXCELLENCIES, AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS ACCREDITED TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, PERMANENT SECRETARIES, SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE MEET THIS MORNING TO CONTINUE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER BECAUSE WE CAN ONLY BUILD A BETTER ZAMBIA TOGETHER. FOR THIS REASON, I AM VERY PLEASED TO LAUNCH OUR SIXTH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SNDP) COVERING THE PERIOD 2011 TO 2015, WHICH IS A SUCCESSOR TO THE FIFTH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (FNDP) 2006 TO 2010. THE LAUNCH OF THE SNDP TODAY SIGNIFIES MY GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO ENSURING THAT WE IMPLEMENT PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES FOR THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COUNTRY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THIS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE IS A TIME OF RENEWAL AND RE-COMMITMENT TO OUR NATIONAL VISION OF BEING A MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRY BY 2030. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IN PREPARING THE SNDP, GOVERNMENT TOOK NOTE OF THE LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE PREVIOUS DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND EXPERIENCE. SPECIFICALLY, LESSONS WERE LEARNT FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FNDP. IN 2008, GOVERNMENT UNDERTOOK A REVIEW OF THE FNDP WHICH INDICATED THAT MANY PROGRAMMES WERE ONLY PARTIALLY FUNDED AND COULD NOT, THEREFORE, BE COMPLETED DUE TO LIMITED RESOURCES. FURTHER, IT WAS NOTED THAT POOR COORDINATION AND WEAK LINKAGES AMONG VARIOUS GOVERNMENT UNITS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS IMPLEMENTING SIMILAR PROGRAMMES ADVERSELY AFFECTED PERFORMANCE OF THE PLAN. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER, THE ABOVE NOTWITHSTANDING, POSITIVE ACHIEVEMENTS WERE RECORDED DURING THE PERIOD. GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT GREW BY ABOUT SIX PERCENT ON AVERAGE DURING THE PLAN PERIOD AMID THE UNPRECEDENTED DIFFICULTIES IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AS A RESULT OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS. HOWEVER, THIS GROWTH WAS BELOW THE SEVEN PERCENT IN THE FNDP. OVERALL POVERTY FELL FROM 73 PERCENT TO 64 PERCENT THOUGH RURAL POVERTY REMAINED HIGH. BOTH DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN PRIVATE INVESTMENT GREW AND ZAMBIA’S COMPETITIVENESS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE AS INDICATED IN THE WORLD BANK DOING BUSINESS REPORT. THE THEME FOR THE SNDP IS “SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND POVERTY REDUCTION”. IT PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR WHAT GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO UNDERTAKE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO SUSTAIN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND UPLIFT THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF ZAMBIANS.

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WE ARE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING A BETTER ZAMBIA TOGETHER. THROUGH THE PLAN, GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE, MAINLY ENERGY, ROAD, RAILWAY AND AIR TRANSPORTATION, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN AREAS OF EDUCATION SKILLS, HEALTH, WATER AND SANITATION. DURING THE PERIOD, THE PROPORTION OF PEOPLE LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY IS EXPECTED TO DECLINE FROM 37 PERCENT IN 2006 TO ABOUT 29 PERCENT IN 2015 WHILE RURAL POVERTY IS EXPECTED TO DECLINE FROM 77 PERCENT IN 2006 TO 50 PERCENT IN 2015. THIS IS WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT WANTS TO ACHIEVE FOR YOU. WE ARE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING A BETTER ZAMBIA TOGETHER. THE SNDP WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE STRUCTURAL BOTTLENECKS IN THE ECONOMY IN ORDER TO ACCELERATE SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION FOR PROSPERITY. SOLUTIONS IN THE PLAN AIM AT CREATING EMPLOYMENT, RAISING AVERAGE PER CAPITA INCOME LEVELS AND FURTHER IMPROVING ZAMBIA’S COMPETITIVENESS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL REMAIN THE ENGINE OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. IN THAT REGARD, I EMPHASISE THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR REMAINS A KEY PARTNER IN ZAMBIA’S DEVELOPMENT AND, THEREFORE, NEEDS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN. THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD LEAD THE GROWTH AND GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE THE ATMOSPHERE FOR YOU TO DO THIS. WE ARE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING A BETTER ZAMBIA TOGETHER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR COOPERATING AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS FOR THE SUPPORT RENDERED DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FNDP 2006-2010 AND DURING THE PREPARATION OF THE SNDP. I URGE ALL OUR COOPERATING PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO QUICKLY FIT INTO THE NEW PLAN AND COME UP WITH IDEAS FOR THE COUNTRY TO FOLLOW. TOGETHER WE CAN TAKE ZAMBIA TO GREATER HEIGHTS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PROJECTED RESOURCE ENVELOPE FOR THE PLAN IS K132 TRILLION, TO BE MET BY K103 TRILLION OF DOMESTIC RESOURCES, AND K29 TRILLION, OR 22 PERCENT, FROM EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE AND A PRUDENT AMOUNT OF EXTERNAL BORROWING. HOWEVER, THERE IS NEED FOR FURTHER STRENGTHENING OF DOMESTIC REVENUE COLLECTIONS AND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE. I, THEREFORE, URGE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND NATIONAL PLANNING TO GIVE SERIOUS ATTENTION TO IMPLEMENTATION OF REVENUE MEASURES AS WELL AS MEASURES AIMED AT STRENGTHENING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

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THE SUCCESS OF THE SNDP ALSO REQUIRES THE CONCERTED EFFORTS AND COMMITMENT OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS. ITS BENEFICIARIES MUST BE DEEPLY INVOLVED AND THEY CAN ONLY DO SO IF THE PLAN IS UNDERSTOOD. I, THEREFORE, URGE ALL ZAMBIANS TO RE-DOUBLE THEIR COMMITMENT AND PARTICIPATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF THEIR COUNTRY. I CALL UPON THE NATIONAL COORDINATING DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, SECTOR ADVISORY GROUPS, PROVINCIAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COMMITTEES, DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COMMITTEES, CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, FAITHBASED ORGANISATIONS AND INDEED ALL ZAMBIANS TO BE PILLARS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING OF PROGRESS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SECTORS. WE ARE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING A BETTER ZAMBIA TOGETHER. IN CONCLUSION, I CALL UPON THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND NATIONAL PLANNING TO ENSURE THAT THIS PLAN IS DISSEMINATED TO ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS AND BENEFICIARIES. THIS MEANS THE DOCUMENT MUST BE AVAILABLE IN OUR LOCAL LANGUAGES SO THAT EVERYONE CAN READ AND UNDERSTAND IT. WITH THESE REMARKS, I NOW DECLARE THE SIXTH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2011 TO 2015 OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED. ONCE AGAIN, LET US ALL REMEMBER THAT WE ARE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING A BETTER ZAMBIA TOGETHER. I THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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