Zambia is committed to planned socio-economic development of the country as reflected by the determination of the Government to improve the economic conditions of its citizens. The Revised Sixth National Development Plan 2013-2016 (R-SNDP) is the revision of the Sixth National Development Plan 2011-2015.
The R-SNDP takes on board the priorities of the Patriotic Front (PF) Government. Like other previous plans, the R-SNDP is aimed at achieving the objectives set out in the Vision 2030 of becoming a “prosperous middle-income country by 2030.” TheR-SNDP is primarily an investment plan which contains quantifiable programmes to inform sector planning and budgeting processes. These programmes are expected to respond to the strategic focus of the Plan and its theme of “People Centered Economic Growth and Development”.
The programmes are well elaborated in the implementation plan of the R-SNDP. The Plan focuses on public capital investments that have a bias to rural development and job creation so as to achieve inclusive growth. The main investment areas are in Skills Development, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Energy and Infrastructure Development particularly transport infrastructure while enhancing human development related Sectors of Water and Sanitation, Education and Health.
Other equally important programmes which are mainly of recurrent nature will be provided for in the respective sector policies and shall accordingly be given priority in the annual budgets. The R-SNDP does not render Sector policies and plans irrelevant or insignificant, but the two will complement each other. Further, the Plan reaffirms Government’s commitment of making economic growth beneficial to all and therefore provides the framework for investment in the medium term in order to accelerate socioeconomic development.
It provides a comprehensive medium term strategy for an all-inclusive and sustainable development agenda. It builds on the growing strength of the economy and also addresses weaknesses and challenges faced during the implementation of the previous National Development Plans against a backdrop of good economic performance in 2011 and 2012 with real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 6.8 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, against the targeted growth rates of 6.4 percent and 7.0 percent.
The Government takes cognizant of the fact that delivering equitable development requires concerted efforts and commitment of all stakeholders. I would therefore like to urge all Zambians from different walks of life to be fully committed and participate in the implementation of this Plan at an accelerated rate.
In view of this, I call upon the National Development Coordinating Committee, Sector Advisory Groups, Provincial Development Coordinating Committees, District Development Coordinating Committees, Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society Organisations; Faith based Organisations and the ordinary Zambians to be pillars in the implementation and monitoring of progress in their respective Sectors.
Our Cooperating Partners have always been supportive of the development agenda of the Country and Government will continue to appreciate their valuable contributions. The Government is hopeful that this cooperation will even grow to greater heights as we implement the R-SNDP. In conclusion, the implementation of the R-SNDP will depend on the commitment of all stakeholders, I, therefore, urge each and every one of us to spare no effort to ensuring that the Plan is successfully implemented.
[See Signed Version in R-SNDP Foreword]
Michael Chilufya Sata
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
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