By MacPherson Mukuka
The Zambian Civil Society Organizations have pledged their continued support to working with government in the fight against poverty in the country.
Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR Board member John Lizhim says his Organisation and others remain committed to seeing to it that the 63 percent of Zambians living in poverty are taken out of the poverty data line.
Mr. Lizhim said this in his address during the opening of a Joint GRZ-CSO National Symposium on sustainable development under the theme: Dialogue for the Zambia We want towards Vision 2030.
And, Secretary to the Treasury, Fredson Yamba says time has come when government and its stakeholders need to build a nation incorporates the participation of the Citizens.
He says Government believes in working with stakeholders with a view to accelerate the national development.
Mr. Yamba has further indicated the need for equal distribution of wealth across all parties if poverty is to be reduced. He says the rural population has remained affected by this because they rarely get a share of the wealth.
He adds that to do this, there is need for government to empower the rural populace with business skills through the provision of social amenities such as education, and health among others.
Meanwhile, Southern African Center for the constructive resolution of disputes, SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe has commended Government for coming together with its stakeholders to dialogue of national matters.
Mr. Cheembe says it is important that Government has called for round table discussion where it will share development ideas with its stakeholders.
He said his organization’s hope it to see more of such fora to be taking place at least three times every year, to ensure feedback is given in short periods.
The Symposium seeks to strengthen stakeholder involvement in delivering national development and to develop a common understanding on the National Development Agenda towards Vision 2030.