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THE Government’s resolve to ensure Zambians live in a prosperous and equitable society will reduce poverty levels, corporate executive Andrew Kalima has said.

Mr Kalima said in Ndola yesterday that it was most appreciated that the ‘new dawn’ Government was committed to reducing the unacceptably high poverty levels in the country.

He called on all stakeholders and the citizens in general to support new initiatives by the government aimed at turning around the economy.

Mr Kalima said Zambians must fully rally behind the Government’s vision to improve the socio-economic welfare of the country.

“The Government has demonstrated its will to reduce various forms of inequality and create a more equitable society.

“President Hichilema assured this when he opened the National Assembly, under the theme “Creating a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia: Restoring economic growth and safe-guarding livelihoods,” Mr Kalima, a financial expert said.

He praised the UPND for its mission to safeguard the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable in society by pledging to offer equal opportunities for development to all our citizens.

“President Hichilema is committed to end the vicious cycle of poverty by ensuring that prosperity to all was a reality as the Government implements progressive policies to benefit the plight of Zambians,” he said.

Mr Kalima added that the appointment of Elisha Matambo as Copperbelt Minister was appropriate as he was equal to the task to address issues affecting the province.

He said Mr Matambo has an ear to the ground, accommodating views from a cross-section of society regardless of people’s political affiliation.

On the appointment of Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane as minister of Finance, Mr Kalima said: “The new minister of Finance has in the past performed exceptionally well because of his credible past experience.”

He said that Dr Musokotwane has immeasurable financial experience considering that he helped stabilise the economy during the MMD Government under President Rupiah Banda.

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