In February 2016, the Government of the Republic of Zambia Launched the National Policy on Disability. The Theme of the policy is ‘Empowering Persons with Disabilities’ and this is in line with international and national policy instruments including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities. This policy was launched in an effort to;
- Deal with various challenges faced by persons with disabilities and
- Ensure for social and economic inclusion for these persons.
Statistics reveal that about 2 million women and men in Zambia have a disability (WHO, 2011). Detailed information revealed that most of these people with disabilities live in rural areas, and have limited access to basic services. There are 181,856 (2.4 %) with disabilities in rural areas and 69,571 (1.4%) people with disabilities in urban areas in the country. (Zambia Consus of population and housing 2010)
The Report of the Auditor General on Accounts of the Republic of Zambia for the financial year ended 31st December 2017 revealed that a total of K193 million was under query. This amount is a reduction from K538 million which was reported in the financial year ended 2016. Although the report reveals a significant reduction in the total amount under query, it highlights significant audit queries of increased incidents of Unaccounted for Funds, Irregular Payments, Failure to Follow Procurement Procedures, Wasteful Expenditure, Over Payment and Misappropriation of Funds.
According to the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), the agriculture sector is the fourth largest contributor to GDP (8.7 percent) and the largest contributor to employment (70 percent). The sector is critical for achieving diversification, economic growth and wealth creation in Zambia. One major component of the agriculture sector is the e-Voucher programme which was introduced in the 2016/17 farming season a er a successful pilot season in 2015/2016 farming season.
On 19th July 2018, the Minister of Finance,Honourable Margaret D. Mwanakatwe, MP, provided the midyear economic brief to update the nation on the following subject matters:
- Recent Economic Development
- Policy and Structural Reforms Measures
- Implications of Austerity Measures
- IMF Programme
The ‘Blue Economy’ is a concept that develops opportunities which come with the conservation and sustainable use of water and water resources for the sustainable development. The concept of the Blue Economy provides for harnessing water resources to promote development and conceptualises Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, Floodplains and other water bodies as a development space were if well managed can lead to sustained economic growth, food security, job creation and sustainable livelihoods. The Blue Economy discussions came to the fore during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which took place in 2012 in Brazil.
The Blue Economy concept encompasses resources which cut across various economic sectors such as capture fisheries, aquaculture, biotechnology, mining, energy, transport and trade.