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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

UPND Manifesto: Reducing Inequality

We continue our review of the UPND 2016-21 manifesto. It sets out a ten point plan to govern and develop Zambia. Here is our assessment of their second policy promise to "reduce inequality”.

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What are the main specific proposals? 

The UPND promises to “reduce inequality” through undertaking four actions : a) growing the economy because “we cannot share poverty”; (b) delivering food security through long term planning and forecasting; (c) stringent laws and regulations against Gender Based Violence (GBV); and, (d) putting measures in place “to protect the vulnerable in our society [including] women and youth”. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Patriotic Front - Manifesto 2016-2021

Zambia's current party in government the Patriotic Front (PF) has released its detailed manifesto (79 pages). This is an important milestone that seeks to set out how the PF intends to govern under the leadership of Edgar Lungu and Inonge Wina. We plan to review the main promises in due course. We have already published the UPND manifesto. We hope to do the same with the FDD manifesto once it becomes available. 

Saturday, 4 June 2016

UPND Manifesto: Job Creation

Today we begin a review of the UPND 2016-21 manifesto. It sets out a ten point plan to govern and develop Zambia. The first policy priority of a future UPND led government is to "create jobs and business opportunities”. Here is our broad assessment of this manifesto commitment.

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What are the main specific proposals?

The UPND is promising to create jobs and business opportunities for everyone. It plans to achieve this by “establishing a supportive environment for business that promotes economic growth and diversification”. UPND proposes to achieve this through four initiatives:

(a) securing the mining sector as a way of “revitalising the once upon a time vibrant mining towns on the copperbelt”;
(b) working with industry to “open up opportunities in underdeveloped sectors such as tourism, agro-processing and manufacturing”;