—-President Michael Sata says Zambia is working towards breaking away from urban population concentration as a development strategy.
The President said it was, therefore, important for international development organisations such as the New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) to come up with initiatives to support poor people in remote areas of the country.
President Sata said this during a bilateral meeting held with the NEPAD executive director, Ibrahim Mayaki, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit which opened yesterday.
Meanwhile, President Sata has invited the NEPAD Executive Director, Ibrahim Mayaki, to visit Zambia so that he could be offered more insight into the development needs of the country.
And the NEPAD executive director said his organization was ready to get instructions and guidelines from the Zambian government on the areas that require its support.
Dr Mayaki said NEPAD was working with other African governments and regional bodies in various sectors including agriculture where it has recorded intensive progress in Zambia and that it was ready to do more for the country.
He also noted that NEPAD places emphasis on rural transformation and that his team is, therefore, ready to come to Zambia and discuss with the government on the priority areas of development assistance.
President Sata was accompanied to the meeting by Foreign Affairs Minister, Wylbur Simusaa and Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta.