Government says the Eighth National Development Plan will address bottlenecks that were faced in implementing the previous Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) which expires in December this year.
Ministry of National Development and Planning Permanent Secretary in-charge of Planning and Administration, Chola Chabala said the plan whose consultation process has intensified will have a focus on equity in developing the country especially in rural areas.
Mr. Chabala observed that development in rural areas has been lacking and indicators in areas such as income were widening.
He said the document will reinforce areas where successes were made and strengthen weaknesses in the previous document.
The Permanent Secretary cited fiscal decentralization, devolution of administrative functions and other key areas which will be focused on as the 8NDP is been formulated.
Mr. Chabala further said the 8NDP will be legalized as Parliament will have to debate its contents and have support from the national budget.
ZANIS reports that the Permanent Secretary said this when he paid a courtesy call on Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Royd Chakaba at the Provincial Administration in Kasama today.
And speaking earlier, Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Royd Chakaba called for the need to have the 8NDP document focus on developing rural areas.
Mr Chakaba said disparities in development is worrying as rural areas are lagging behind compared to urban areas.
He cited Northern Province where it was struggling to reach desired developmental levels.
Mr Chakaba however commended the ministry for initiating the process as it will give an opportunity for local stakeholders give their input in the national document.
He noted that in as much as challenges were faced, achievements were equally made under the Seventh National Development Plan.
Mr Chabala is in Northern Province to attend the stakeholder consultation meeting for the Eighth National Development Plan.
The consultative meeting has attracted stakeholders from the traditional leadership, provincial heads of departments, district commissioners, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) among others.