THE United Nations Development Programme has selected Zambia as one of the 60 pilot countries for Sustainable Development Goals Accelerator Labs, an innovative initiative which is expected to contribute to achievement of the SDGs.
This came to light when national development planning minister Alexander Chiteme paid a courtesy on United Nations Development Programme (UNDP’s) new director for the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA), Ahunna Eziakonwa, on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) in Dakar, Senegal.
Eziakonwa assured Chiteme of UNDP’s continued support towards Zambia’s development agenda.
She commended Zambia for its political stability in the region, which is an asset in development.
In line with the theme of the 2019 International Conference on Emergence of Africa, Eziakonwa acknowledged that Zambia was among the first few countries to promote local content strategies for private sector development.
The UNDP regional chief emphasised the need to grow local entrepreneurs into national champions, including creating an enabling environment for youth participation in private sector development.
And Chiteme congratulated Eziakonwa on her appointment and called for continued collaboration between Zambia and the UNDP.
The Minister informed Eziakonwa that, as a lower middle-income country, Zambia’s macro-economic situation was improving, with the 2018 economic growth estimated at four per cent from 2.9 per cent in 2015.
“Inflation has been contained within the six per cent to eight per cent target range, closing the year 2018 at 7.9 per cent,” said Chiteme.
This is contained in a press statement issued by Ministry of National Planning Development spokesperson Chibaula Silwamba.