GOVERN­MENT has as­sured Zam­bians liv­ing in Italy that the chal­lenge of debt the coun­try is fac­ing is not dif­fi­cult to han­dle as it is be­ing por­trayed in some cir­cles of so­ci­ety.

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Min­is­ter of Works and Sup­ply Fe­lix Mutati said Govern­ment was in con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion and a num­ber of mea­sures had al­ready been put in place that would even­tu­ally cut down on un­nec­es­sary ex­pen­di­tures. Mr Mutati was speak­ing yes­ter­day in Rome when he graced the 54th In­de­pen­dence An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions hosted by Am­bas­sador Dr Joseph Katema and his wife Ant­ton­nette and at­tended by Zam­bians work­ing and study­ing in that coun­try. In a state­ment is­sued to the daily na­tion yes­ter­day, Min­istry of Works and Sup­ply pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Ndubi Mvula, said Mr Mutati as­sured that some of the mea­sures Govern­ment had taken were al­ready hav­ing pos­i­tive im­pact on the econ­omy. Mr. Mutati said Govern­ment and Pres­i­dent Lungu were firmly in-charge and in con­trol of the gov­er­nance sys­tem of the coun­try. He said one of the mea­sures Govern­ment had taken and im­ple­mented so far was that of con­trol­ling the us­age of GRZ motor ve­hi­cles by mak­ing sure that com­pli­ance lev­els were ob­served by all civil ser­vants. The ex­er­cise was pay­ing off and money to the tune of more than 400,000 had been saved which would cush­ion the ex­pen­di­ture in the so­cial ser­vice and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, he said, adding that his min­istry’s de­sire was not to col­lect money but to reg­u­late the us­age of pub­lic prop­erty, he said. He said so far the civil ser­vice had re­sponded very well and that it was im­por­tant for the na­tion to re­flect on how to cre­ate so­lu­tions dur­ing chal­leng­ing times. He, how­ever, said the com­ing years might be chal­leng­ing but that Govern­ment was de­ter­mined to find last­ing so­lu­tions and this was pos­si­ble. He urged Zam­bians in Italy to use their ca­pa­bil­ity to trans­form the base where they came from in­stead of in­vest­ing in “pizza and pasta” but that help im­prove to the liv­ing stan­dards in Zam­bia. He also said his mis­sion to Italy was to call on the busi­ness com­mu­nity to team up with small medium en­ter­prises (SMEs) in Zam­bia and not with Govern­ment be­cause it was the SMEs that cre­ated im­pact in eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ment. “Where the chal­lenge is in Africa is at the level of SMEs where tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tions should be chan­nelled in­stead of just deal­ing with Gov­ern­ments through the con­struc­tion of roads, dams and other huge projects,” he said. Mr Mutati said leav­ing out SMEs would make the con­ti­nent fail to achieve its in­tended goal of at­tain­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, hence the need for Ital­ian busi­nesses to en­gage with the SMEs in Zam­bia.

Mr Mutati

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