AGOVERNMENT COMMITED TO TRANSFORM ZAMBIA’S ECONOMY
Government has reaffirmed its commitment to transform the country economy into a dynamic and prosperous middle-income economy.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Brussels, Her Excellency Professor Esther Munalula Nkandu says government aims to create a diversified and resilient economy for the sustainable growth and socio economic transformation of the country in line with the UN agenda on sustainable development goals and the AU agenda 2063.
Ambassador Munalula -Nkandu explains that government has made tremendous strides towards achieving the objectives as seen by the many developmental projects currently been undertaken in all parts of the country.
She further states that Zambia also aligns itself with the African Caribbean and Pacific – ACP group of State policy framework guide to post 2020 whose focus is on industrialisation, development cooperation and political dialogue.
She was speaking during her official presentation to the committee of ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
“My country emphasizes its support of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063 both of which are people focused, to deliver a better future for all. In this regard, the Zambian government has aligned our country’s development blue print to the mentioned global and continental agendas on sustainable development.
The ACP policy framework document “Towards the ACP We Want” also speaks brilliantly to achieving this by strategically focusing our work on the three pillars adopted to guide the Group’s work post 2020 which include; Trade, investment, industrialization and services; Development cooperation, technology, science and innovation/research; and Political dialogue and advocacy.
With the above approach, it is my belief that if we remain steadfast, unified and committed we shall indeed achieve the social economic transformation and sustainable development that we desire for our people.
Allow me to also reiterate my country’s commitment to the ACP. Among others, our collaboration for the successful hosting of the International Conference on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining and Quarrying (ASM18), under the Minerals Development Programme of the ACP implemented with UNDP, in our lovely tourist capital Livingstone in September last year, graced by my President, His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the subsequent adoption of the Mosi-oa-Tunya declaration on this important sector bears true testimony of this commitment”, the Ambassador explains.
And African Caribbean and Pacific – ACP group of states Secretary General Dr Patrick Gomez has applauded the country’s support and commitment towards the organisation.
Dr Gomes says the organisation remains indebted to the government for their successful hosting of the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-Scale mining in September 2018 which is an initiative of the ACP in collaboration with the European Union.
The Zambian Mission in Brussels is accredited to the African Caribbean and Pacific group of states as Zambia’s permanent delegation to the organisation.
The ACP is a group of countries in Africa, The Caribbean and the Pacific whose main objectives are sustainable development and poverty reduction within its members state as well as the integration of the world’s economy.
Phyllis Chilekwa (Ms)
First Secretary – Press and Public Relations
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia
Brussels – Belgium