Zambia

Zambia to implement National Development Plan next year: official

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LUSAKA, Jul 13, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Zambian government is planning to carry out the National Development Plan (NDP) in January next year, local media cited the deputy minister of finance and national planning as saying on Wednesday.

"We are working on the NDP which will check on government performance," Felix Mutati told the Zambia Daily Mail.

Mutati said Zambia should have a vision to direct the path that government will take in the country's development.

He noted that the Zambian government has had multilateral plans, namely the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), strategic development plan and sector development plan, etc.

What the government should do now, the deputy said, is to bring all these plans into one document which will deal with the way forward.

Mutati further pointed out that the government has finished consultations with various stakeholders on their input for the development plan.

He said the donor community has urged the government to place agriculture at the heart of private sector development activities as the plan is formulated.

On macro-economic policy, the donor community noted that particular focus should be the government's strategy for debt management in the post highly indebted poor country environment.