Highlight SADC Programmes-Kalunga urges media

Ministry of Information and Media Permanent Secretary, Kennedy Kalunga has urged journalists to take keen interest in highlighting programmes and projects being implemented in Zambia under SADC.

Mr Kalunga emphasized on the need for journalists to raise public visibility of the SADC programmes and projects being implemented in Zambia

He noted that it is important for the people in the region and beyond to know what SADC is doing in promoting sustainable socio and economic development in the region.

He cited Zambia as one of the countries that has a number of projects and programmes being implemented with the aim of improving the livelihoods of the local people in the SADC region.

Mr Kalunga said this in Chongwe today when he officiated at the opening of the knowledge management systems and website management workshop.

He stressed that Zambia is an important player in the SADC bloc.

Mr Kalunga further added that the SADC bloc remains critical in promoting peace and stability among countries in the region.

“SADC remains an important bloc for promotion of peace and stability among countries in the region, a precondition for sustainable socio and economic development.”

“It is important that people know about these and other milestone happening in the region for their benefit,” He said.

Meanwhile Mr Kalunga has expressed concern at the low number of entries of Zambia journalists taking part in the SADC media awards.

“Express concern at the continued reduction of entries for the annual SADC media awards entries by the Zambian journalists.”

He implored journalists to take keen interest in the SADC awards as it has the potential to further enhance their journalism career.

“May I urge the media in the country to take keen interest in the awards not only for purpose of winning but also as part of developing their journalism careers as professionals.”

And speaking earlier at the same event University of Zambia lecturer, Basil Hamusokwe informed the Permanent Secretary that the workshop is aimed at building capacity for Journalists to be able to report on developmental projects being undertaken under SADC.

The seven days workshop has brought SADC desk officers drawn from various Ministries, public and private media.