Mongu, June 14, 2019, ZANIS ---- Government says it has noted with concern the slow implementation of projects by both Government departments and stakeholders in Western Province.

Provincial Minister Richard Kapita says as a result of the slowness in the implementation of projects the people of the province cannot see tangible benefits from the projects.

Mr Kapita made the remarks today when he officiated at the 2019’s first Quarter Provincial Development Co-ordinating Committee (PDCC) meeting at Mongu Lodge today.

And Mr Kapita has directed the Provincial Planning Unit (PPU) to compile a list of all projects that have reached over 70 per cent implementing stage so that they can be given due attention.

He also urged District Commissioners and Council Secretaries to increase collaboration and constantly hold stakeholder meetings in their respective districts for easy monitoring of projects.

Mr Kapita said he was particularly happy that the 1st Quarter PDCC meeting was being held at a time government had commenced the fiscal framework for preparation of the 2020 national budget.

The Provincial Minister further urged participants who included government departmental and parastatal heads to set the priorities for 2020 and help provide strategic direction for socio-economic development in the province.

And over the keep Zambia green, clean and health campaign, Mr. Kapita expressed happiness to note that there had been overwhelming levels of adherence by many residents in Mongu district.

He therefore,   urged all District Commissioners to seriously launch the campaigns in their respect districts.

Meanwhile, the provincial minister, reiterated Government’s commitment towards the improving food security in the province.

Mr Kapita said the province has designated the Namushakende Farmers Training Institute as a center of excellence for development of seedlings for citrus fruits in the region.

He disclosed that over 30,000 seedlings have so far been developed and were ready for distribution to all public institutions in the province.

The 2019 1st Quarter PDCC is meeting to review the performance of province for 2018 and plan for 2019 as well as part of 2020 activities, courtesy of Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR).