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By Shebo Nalishebo
The fiscal consolidation measures put in place in the 2018 Budget are likely to pay dividends if the Government sticks to the set plans. Subsidy cuts on agriculture, fuel and electricity are some of the many factors that will help bring the fiscal deficit on a commitment basis to around 8.2 percent of GDP in 2018 from 9.3 percent of GDP in 2017.
The Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) has welcomed the Government’s 2018 budget, which it says has chartered a course for accelerating fiscal fitness and putting the Zambian economy back on the path of robust sustained and inclusive growth and development.
By Zali Chikuba
The announcement of the development of a national fire and rescue service policy and procurement of 42 fire tenders by the Minister of Local Government, Honourable Vincent Mwale carried in the July 18, 2017 edition of the Zambia Daily Mail should be soothing to many.
By Caesar Cheelo
In the aftermath of the 2017 Budget Speech that was read on 11th November 2016, ZIPAR observed that that budget was well-linked to "Zambia Plus", the medium-term economic recovery programme that was later termed the Economic Stabilisation and Growth Programme (ESGP).