He said there is need for citizens to be involved in setting the developmental agenda of the country regardless of their social status. SECRETARY to the treasury Fredson Yamba has called on government institutions and stakeholders to join hands in developing the Seventh National Development Plan in order to attain the vision 2030.
Mr. Yamba was speaking at the official opening of the GRZ-CSO National Symposium on Sustainable Development organized by the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) in Lusaka.
Mr. Yamba said the symposium is meant to examine the development trajectory and take stock of the various global and local development initiatives with a view to be better informed as the country embarks on the process of developing the seventh national development plan.
“There is need to engage all stakeholders in order to build consensus on how we plan, implement, monitor and evaluate development programs focusing on our goal of being a prosperous middle income nation,” he said.
He said there is need for citizens to be involved in setting the developmental agenda of the country.
Mr. Yamba further explained that government’s resolve is to embrace all parties in the consultative process during the development planning process which he said is a principle policy matter contained in the national planning and budget policy.
He further added that Government has emphasized on the need for this plan to adhere to the budget credibility, subsidiarity in program design and implementation, equity and transparency by providing for fair measures in the distribution of resources and the need to strengthen institutional accountability for development results.
Mr. Yamba said the Fifth and Sixth National Development Plan and the Sixth revised National Development Plan defeated the all-purpose of how a sector should be because of the multiple sectors which were created.
“They all tended to operate on ministerial thematic lines rather than institution that were built on broader inter-linkages,” he added.
He said the results from the previous national development plans have not been as expected due to challenges faced in the control of natural resources especially in producing energy.
Speaking at the same symposium during a question and answer session, Consumer Unity Trust Society (CUTS) representative Simon Ngona wondered why there has been a failure in program implantation.
And in response, Mr. Yamba said that each ministry must reactivate their sector advisory plans in order to make it easy to implement certain plans.
The CSPR in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance yesterday organized a joint symposium to discuss socio-economic development processes and achievements in an open dialogue.
The symposium is aimed at discussing and reviewing progress made in implementing key strategies, policies and lessons learnt from Zambia’s performance on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
FIFA GRASSROOTS PROJECT DUE FOR TAKE OFF
The Ministry of Sports and FAZ has laid the ground for FIFA spearheaded grassroots project for youth development.
Ministry of Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said the project will be under the wings of the Ministry of Education and will target youth from eight years going upwards.
The tripartite agreement will be signed next Wednesday and will formalize the commitment of the parties to work together to implement the FIFA Grassroots Project from 2017-2020.
“The FIFA Grassroots project will cover three parties which is Ministry of Education, Sports and FAZ,” she said.
And FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said that the project will enhance the development of football.
Liwewe said the move was part of the wider goal of FAZ to develop youth football.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga put youth football on top of his developmental agenda pinning it among his three key areas that involved league restructuring, referees education and youth football on top of his transparency gospel.
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FIFA RESPONDS TO FAZ COMPLAINT ON NIGERIA APPEAL
FIFA has put a close to the debate around the complaint lodged by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over an Augustine Mulenga disallowed goal in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7.
The World soccer governing body has ruled that it would not act on the complaint as per their regulations there was no evidence of external influence or manipulation.
According to a letter signed by Disciplinary Committee vice chairperson Julien Deux, dated October 17, 2017 there could be no action as guided by article 5.6 of the FIFA regulations the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
“Having said that, and for the sake of good order, we would like to emphasize that on the basis of the documentation and information currently in our possession, there is no evidence of any infringement of the applicable regulations by the referees of the match in question.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) filed a complaint with FIFA seeking an independent review of the match officiated by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo.
There was widespread outcry for FAZ to appeal to FIFA over the disallowed goal with parallels drawn with other situations where the world soccer governing body had ordered replays.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga had told journalists on the permutations of the outcome when journalists pressed him in the aftermath of the match in Uyo.
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence. So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
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