Lusaka, 07 October, 2022 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Zambia’s proposed 2023 national budget is an “excellent opportunity” for the development and growth of the Southern African nation, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have said.
In their Tuesday, October 5 statement, JCTR officials say the budget that was presented to Parliament on September 30 under the theme, “Stimulating Economic Growth, for Improved Livelihoods”, will result in improved welfare and livelihood for the people of God in Zambia if well implemented.
“The 2023 budget provides an excellent opportunity for growth and development through a people-centered strategy,” officials of the Zambia-based research institution say in the statement shared with ACI Africa.
The proposed 2023 budget “has demonstrated the government's willingness and zeal to improve the well-being of the poor and marginalized through key policy pronouncements,” officials of the Lusaka-based Jesuit institution say.
They highlight the proposed increase of Constituency Development Fund (CDF), hiring of extension officers, teachers and health workers, payment of terminal benefits to retirees, and the reintroduction of student meal allowances as some of the “notable measures aimed at improving citizens' well-being”.