LUSAKA, Zambia, December 31, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As the people of Zambia prepare to welcome in a new year, President Rupiah Banda has taken a moment to reflect on the achievements of 2010 and to set new goals for Zambia in 2011.
In his last statement of the year, President Banda applauds the country for the great progress made over the last year and urges everyone to work together to achieve even greater things in the months to come.
He said: "I am hugely proud of what we as a nation have achieved during 2010, building on the foundations of tomorrow's Zambia. It is quite clear that we have scored many successes under the fifth national development plan, which ends today; we witnessed improved economic growth at a healthy 6.1%, reduced inflation and increased foreign investment.
"While much of the world was in economic turmoil, we employed more people, opened several mines and enjoyed a bumper harvest. Through the Farmer Input Support Programme, one million farmers will benefit in the 2010/2011 farming season.
"Let me assure you that your government remains firmly committed to reducing poverty and reaping the benefits of our recent economic achievements. It is the intention of my government to ensure that every Zambian feels and shares in the prosperity we have begun to create for ourselves.
"The year 2011 is a very important year for all Zambians. We should strive to maintain peace and unity which are pre-requisites to successful elections. The spirit of love and giving that we are displaying during this festive season should transcend the season into the election campaign period - and let us all celebrate the new year peacefully and responsibly."
President Banda concluded: "I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2011. May God bless our great nation."
Issued by: Dickson Jere SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
SOURCE State House Lusaka, Republic of Zambia