Zambia underlines multi-sectoral approach in development blueprint

The Zambian government said on Tuesday that its new development plan is expected to yield desired results because it has a multi-sectorial approach unlike previous plans which had a sectoral approach.

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The Seventh National Development Plan, which runs from 2017 to 2021, has been refocused following challenges faced when implementing previous plans which had a sectoral approach.

Zambia mapChristopher Bwalya, a provincial panning unit planner for northwestern Zambia said previous development plans faced challenges which hindered development because they focused on sectoral approach, according to state-run news agency, the Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS).

According to him, despite adequate planning, the country experienced a fall in the Growth Development Product (GDP) from 5.0 percent to 3.2 percent while poverty remained high at about 54 percent.

According to him, the negative occurrences were as a result of the sectoral approach which did not bring out multi-sectoral strategies aimed at achieving national aspirations.

The multi-sectoral approach is expected to address regional development imbalances and promote local economic development, he added.

The official said using the multi-sectoral approach in planning will reduce income inequalities by considering competitiveness and comparative advantages of different regions in the country as a way to promote diversification.

Zambia’s development has been anchored on five-year development plans since 2002. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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