The Zambian Government through the Ministry of National Development Planning and in collaboration with various stakeholders finalized the formulation of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) which was approved by Cabinet in March 2017.
The Plan, like the three National Development Plans that precede it, is aimed at attaining the long-term objectives as outlined in the Vision 2030 of becoming a “prosperous middle income country by the year 2030”.
The plan is based on the integrated multi-sectoral approach which recognizes the multi-faced and inter-linked nature of sustainable development. This calls for interventions to be tackled simultaneously through a coordinated approach to implementing development programmes.
It is envisaged that these efforts will culminate into the creation of a diversified and resilient economy for sustained growth and socio-economic transformation driven by agriculture, mining and tourism.
It is against this back ground that I wish to inform you my fellow citizens and the general public that His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia will officially launch the Seventh National Development Plan for the period 2017 to 2021. I therefore wish to call upon all citizens to take a keen interest in this important event.
The contents of the Plan will have an impact on the well-being of Zambians from all walks of life; across religious political and ethnical divides. The Plan is a point of convergence and a demonstration of the fact that development interventions are a major unifying factor and they far outweigh that which may seek to divide us as a country.
Let us all join hands in dissecting the contents of the Plan to be availed without impartiality and patriotism.
May I take this opportunity to thank the Zambian people for their unfettered support during the consultative process and drafting of the Plan. The unity of purpose demonstrated during this period is unparalleled in the History of this country and this is how it should be.
It remains now for us in Government, who have this opportunity to serve and ensure that we take this obligation with utmost seriousness and deliver on what has been outlined in the Plan. We owe it to the people to deliver and deliver we shall.
HON. LUCKY MULUSA (MP)
MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING