Zambia says the social development of its citizens is most important

Zambia says it has an unwavering commitment to the social development of its people through policy and structural transformation.

“The Government has put in place policies that focus on creating jobs and reducing poverty and inequality in a sustainable way,” Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary, Dr Davy Chikamata, said in a statement at the 54th Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD) at United Nations Headquarters.

“It is envisioned that this will be achieved by facilitating investments in sectors that best promote employment, significantly increase productivity and contribute to higher and inclusive growth, including the development of the rural areas,” Chikamata, who led the Zambian delegation to the annual meeting, added.

According to him, to effectively contribute to the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty in rural households, Zambia has implemented multiple poverty interventions, including the social cash transfer scheme. He said the Government has also continued to implement the social assistance programmes targeted at orphans and vulnerable children, households affected by HIV and AIDS, older persons, persons with disabilities and female headed households.

“The theme for this Commission ‘Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world’ is timely and sets the tone for rethinking the policy and institutional framework necessary for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  and for the attainment of the world we want for the present and future generations,” said Dr Chikamata.

The 54th Session of the Commission on Social Development – the first session after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year – will focus its deliberations on the critical role of social policy and development in achieving people-centered, inclusive, just and socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development for all.