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Treasury Statement For Immediate Release

Republic of Zambia

LUSAKA, THURSDAY, 11 JUNE 2020 - Finance Minister Dr BWALYA NG’ANDU has announced that the
International Monetary Fund will conduct a VIRTUAL consultative and information exchange mission for
Zambia from 22nd June 2020 to 1st July, 2020.
Dr NG’ANDU has since directed officials in the Ministry of Finance to deeply reflect on the forthcoming
assignment and prepare a well-structured engagement strategy. He has asked his management team to
closely monitor the cleaning-up of all the required data requirements and ICT facilities in preparation for
seamless engagement with the International Monetary Fund.
During the staff mission, the IMF team will conduct VIRTUAL consultative and information exchange sessions
with Central Government, Bank of Zambia, Zambia Revenue Authority, and other stakeholders in the
Zambian economy. In this regard, Dr NG’ANDU has implored relevant public sector agencies to adopt
mindsets that are positive, symbiotic, and systemic. The Minister also emphasised the need to identify
competent and dedicated staff who will adequately allocate time to prepare for the assignment in order for
the country to obtain the best possible conclusive outcome on future cooperation with the Fund.
The Minister was speaking at his office in Lusaka during the weekly top-management visioning-andmilestone-setting meeting on economic policy, fiscal affairs, tax policy financial management, and internal
controls. Present were Secretary to the Treasury Mr. FREDSON YAMBA, Permanent Secretary (Economic
Management & Finance) Mr. MUKULI CHIKUBA, Permanent Secretary (Budget and Economic Affairs) Dr
MULENGA PAMU, Accountant General Mr. KENNEDY MUSONDA and Controller (Internal Audit) Mr. CHIBWE
Dr NG’ANDU seized the opportunity to encourage his management team to ensure that innovation,
professionalism, integrity, and diligence take root in the work culture of the Ministry “especially during this
difficult period.” To emphasize his expectation for improved service delivery, Dr. NG’ANDU asked for
expeditious implementation of the government policy on performance management for all divisions,
directorates, and agencies under the Ministry of Finance.
He also called for development of an effective domestic revenue collection monitoring system to optimize
revenue mobilisation efforts and help to reduce the financing gap created by the impact of Covid-19 on the
economy. “Let us ensure that non-tax revenue collection initiatives are implemented and monitored well,”
stressed Dr. NG’ANDU.
Among the Minister’s other points of emphasis was the need for accuracy in the production of debt related
data, firmness in the implementation of liability management measures, and a sound domestic arrears
dismantling programme. Dr NG’ANDU took the opportunity to pledge sustained commitment to the
deceleration of public debt accumulation. He appealed, strongly, that a close watch on external debt metrics
“must be maintained so that obligations that fall due are serviced in a timely manner.”
Dr NG’ANDU concluded the meeting by reiterating the need for the Ministry of Finance to frequently engage
both local and foreign development partners in order to improve information exchange on matters of
mutual developmental and multi-sectoral investment interest.
Issued by:
Chileshe Kandeta
Thursday, June 11, 2020

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