Lusaka, April 10, 2019,  ZANIS---Government is hopeful that the Strengthening National-Regional Linkages Programme, which SADC is implementing, will help support the attainment of the goals of the 7th National Development Plan and the Vision 2030.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary in charge of International Relations Cooperation (IRC) Chalwe Lombe said Zambia is optimistic that by the end of the programme in 2021, the country will see enhanced implementation of key SADC projects that will support the attainment of both the 7NDP and the Vision 2030.

Ambassador Lombe said government also expects improved coordination among all stakeholders and timely and efficient reporting on progress using SADC Online monitoring and evaluation system by the end of the Programme.

He reaffirmed Zambia's commitment to the implementation of the SADC regional integration agenda as a tool to improve the living standards of the people.

The Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary in charge of International Relations Cooperation was speaking at the Strengthening National-Regional Linkages in SADC Orientation meeting for Zambia held at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka on Tuesday.

SNRL Programmes Manager Robson Chakwana explained that the objective of the programme was to enhance the capacity of SADC Member States structures to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of regional agenda at country level.

Mr Chakwana noted that national coordination structures in some SADC countries are either absent or dormant hence the need for the programme to be implemented.

He disclosed that the programme has been co-founded by the European Union and Germany's BMZ to a tune of 12 million Euros.

He said the programme which is scheduled to run for the period between September 2018 to November 2021, is targeting 10 countries in the region.