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Saturday, 6 October 2007

Quote of the week (Jonas Shakafuswa)

We’ve got a budget which can’t cater for all the university needs and the students…..You come and try to allocate funds, you are going to see the dilemma we have. You will find that just as the universities are asking for money, so are other sectors like health…..After the budget, that’s when they come and say ‘why didn’t you allocate like so and so?’ That’s rubbish….No Zambian leader would solve all the problems in 10 years. So let someone come to a television programme, I challenge them. I will show him the reality which is on the ground….

Jonas Shakafuswa (The Post 06/10/2007)

The straight talking Deputy Finance Minister challenging those that question Government’s spending plans in certain areas. Skeptics would say that if Government reduced its size, (and missions abroad cut?), developed models that allowed greater privater sector involvement, and reduced corruption there would be a lot of money to spend.

8 comments:

  1. Absolutely.

    Here is a question to minister Shakafuswa:

    If you had to bring down the number of ministries from about 29 to ten, which ones would you eliminate?

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  2. I think more money is lost on foreign missions and trips than on ministries I think. So I would offer a supplementary question. Which countries don't we need to have standing ties with?

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  3. Plus, a lot of foreign missions could be combined, to supply services for regions rather than countries.

    However, what always strikes me as odd is Mwanawasa's incessant foreign travel, as if the solution to Zambia's problems can be found in Japan or Australia.

    Shouldn't he spend a lot more time in Zambia, developing local initiatives, even cooperating with the surrounding countries?

    Perhaps fewer trips abroad would help? But it would be interesting to see a comprehensive budget, to show where the real costs are.

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  4. I would use a three set criteria to determine where Zambia should have a mission abroad:

    1. Trade - where there are substantial trade links between that country and Zambia. So if Zambia gets a lot of Australian investors then foreign representation seems worthwhile since you can do a lot in terms of getting investors to behave from their origin.

    2. Aid - a nation that gives you aid cannot be ignored. You need to keep knocking on their door e.g Sweden or Norway.

    3. Large population of Zambian nationals.

    By this criteria a lot of European and Latin American representation should go. Infact in the EU most countries negotiate as block. There are nations also which are meaningless like Belgium. It would be good to get a full list of Zambia's missions abroad.

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  5. Here is a listing of Zambian diplomatic missions abroad:

    ANGOLA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    BELGIUM
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    BOTSWANA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    CANADA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    CHINA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
    CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    EGYPT
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    ETHIOPIA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    FRANCE
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    GERMANY
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    INDIA
    HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    ITALY
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    JAPAN
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    KENYA
    HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    LIBYA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    MALAWI
    HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    MOZAMBIQUE
    HIGH COMMISSSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    NAMIBIA
    HIGH COMMISSSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    NIGERIA
    HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    RUSSIA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    SOUTH AFRICA
    HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    SWEDEN
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    SWITZERLAND
    PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICES IN GENEVA

    TANZANIA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    UNITED KINGDOM
    HIGH COMMSSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

    PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS / NEW YORK

    USA
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

    ZIMBABWE
    EMBASSY OF THE REPUBILC OF ZAMBIA

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  6. By the way, I have lifted the listing of Zambian Diplomatic Missions Abroad from:

    http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel/listings/zambianmissionsabroad.htm

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  7. Gentlemen, I have had the pleasure of going on a presidential trip when I was a journalist on one state-owned newspaper. There is a first tier advance party, a second tier advance party and the main delegation that arrives with the president. As such there could be as many as 50 to 60 people on a trip and all these with varying anounts of per diem depending on one's grade x no. of days.
    These days presidents even carry their children on trips. Imagine the amount of money that could be served if the number of people on these delegations was reduced and if accredited diplomats represented the country at some of these functions. Money so served, which is found for these programmes anyway, could be channelled to our universities.

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  8. I think in the number of foreign missions, SADC could play a role.

    Why not have SADC embassies, where any citizen of a SADC country can walk in and be helped with passport, immigration, refugee, etc. issues?

    Or at least have agreement with Zambia's neighboring countries on combinging embassadorial roles and services?

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