By Nation Reporter
THE media should promote in-depth and analytical news reporting that can stimulate healthy economic policy debates, says Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) executive director Dr. Pamela Kabaso
Dr. Kabaso urged journalists to take interest in economic policy developments in Zambia to facilitate policy dialogue among key stakeholders that could enhance economic Governance.
She was speaking at an on-going master class for business journalists on financial inclusion and economic literacy in Lusaka.
“We need you journalists to take interest in economic policy developments in the country and facilitate policy dialogue among key stakeholders that can enhance economic Governanace in this country,” she said.
Dr Kabaso also said the training had come at a time when Zambia was going through economic challenges with shareholders working on finding solutions that could grow the economy.
She said the aim of the training was to promote economic and financial literacy in Zambia.
She said the media could promote financial literacy by reporting facts and anlytical economic news. Dr Kabaso also said Zambia had over a decade experienced high economic growth but achieved less than satisfactory reduction in poverty.
“Among reasons for this puzzle has been limited economic and financial literacy. This is because the economy I liberalised. The opportunities offered by new economy required a population capable of recognising opportunities and defining the risks associated with such potential investment,” she said.She further observed that there has been a influx of foreign investors who, equipped with economic knowledge had reaped abundantly from the now conducive economic environment.And ZIPAR has pledged to promote economic and financial literacy to help citizens understand the liberalised economy and opportunities offered by potential investment.