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Tuesday, 25 September 2007

A genuine need or just for jobs?

The Zambia Institute of Planners are calling for a new Planning Authority with the aim of ensuring 'all physical development coming from both local and foreign investors is better coordinated and harmonized'. A bit vague one might say. Of course in theory there is no limit to what a new planning authority might do, but I think this is one of those areas where if the planning objectives aren’t clearly stated you could create unnecessary bureaucracy (and of course jobs for members of the institute). Some might certainly argue that Zambia's current development problems are not due to the lack of an effective (independent?) planning authority, but due to poor land reform.

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