ZAMBIA has transparent governance system that allows all stakeholders be part of the development process by sharing ideas, says Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba.
Mr Yamba said it was for the same reason that Government was now inviting members of public and any other organisation with brilliant ideas to bring these for inclusion in the 2016 Budget.
“It has always been the practice of Government to invite interested stakeholders and the community at large to be part of our development agenda because we run a transparent system,” said Mr Yamba
He said Government believed that both the community and stakeholders had brilliant ideas which could transform the Zambian economy once implemented.
“We are all stakeholders in the development agenda, we believe that stakeholders and the community may have brilliant ideas which Government could priorities as we do the Budget and see an equal distribution of wealth,” he said.
Mr Yamba said unlike the past years, Government had opened up its door to all stakeholders to bring up their ideas and suggestions on the Zambian development agenda.
“Let us engage people in all walks of life and ask them what they want; is it it a clinic, a school or something else and then eventually we can put all these in the development plans by putting them in the national Budget,” he said.
Mr Yamba said that embracing the community to suggest what they wanted was the concept Government was using to engage its citizens and other interested stakeholders in the development agenda.
“In fact development plans should come from the bottom going up and it is a concept that we must embrace because it will not help us if things come from the top to the bottom,” he said.
He noted that Government wanted to involve the grassroots to line up what was needed in their communities.
“We are all crying for a better Zambia, we can talk about the growth figures which are being favourable but how do we distribute that wealth if we are not talking to one another,” he said.
Mr Yamba said the only danger in Zambia was that stakeholders never made follow-ups on issues discussed after arranging meetings.