—–A visiting Legislators from the Belgium parliament says Zambia’s economy is on the right track.
Mr. Alain Destexhe says he is grateful to President Micheal Sata and the Zambian people for pushing the development agenda forward.
Mr. Destexhe who is Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) Representative attributed Zambia’s transformation and massive economic development as due to the peace, love and unity demonstrated by the Zambian people.
ZANIS reports that the Senator in the Belgium parliament from the liberal Reformist Movement party and seasoned politician was speaking in Lusaka, today.
This was during the two-day 10th Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee of the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR).
“ How are you copying up to develop Zambia amid so many tribes of over 70 ethnic groups is a wonder.
“ Perhaps it’s the peace that has continued to strive since independence. In my country there are only two tribes but we’re failing to develop it,” said Mr. Destexhe.
Mr. Destexhe first visited Zambia 26 years ago in 1988 and this is his second visit.
He has commended the Zambian Government for allocating adequate resources to the key sectors of the economy among them agriculture, construction, energy, road infrastructure and mining that are a major drive of any economy.
Mr. Destexhe’s remarks are echoed by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Bank of Zambia Governor Michael Gondwe and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that observed that Zambia’s economy is performing well with Gross Domestic Product projected at 6.6 percent this year.
However the opposition and other stakeholders on several instances have claimed that the ruling Patriotic Front Government had failed to improve the economy, statements that government has strongly criticized.
Despite a strong economy, poverty remains a significant problem in Zambia, made worse by a high un-employment rate and relatively high HIV/AIDS burden.