7/12/13 – LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA – Faculty of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) delivered a two-week Project Appraisal and Economic Management Program in Zambia June 10-21, 2013.
The executive training program, which was successfully completed by 42 public sector officials, is part of a human resource capacity building program aimed at increasing capabilities in financial, economic, risk and distributive analysis. The program was organized by Zambia’s Ministry of Finance in partnership with DCID.
Fredson Yamba, Secretary to the Treasury of Zambia, endorsed the program during an opening event on Tuesday, June 11, in Livingstone.
“Before resources are spent on projects and programs, there is need to vigorously undertake ex-ante assessment to determine their investment worthiness,” he said.
Pamela Chibonga Kabamba, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, added that participants from the ministry, as well as other major government agencies, would be able to draw on what they learned from the seminar to enhance the performance of government programs.
In a meeting held in Lusaka after the completion of the seminar, Zambian officials met to confirm their commitment to incorporating analytical processes in the ongoing formulation of the 2014 budget, especially for major capital investment projects.
The seminar was conducted by Duke University professors Fernando Fernholz and Rosemary Morales Fernholz; Fernando Cossio, professor of economics and public finance at the Catholic University in La Paz, Bolivia; and Alimamy Kamara, 2009 graduate of the Master of International Development Policy program at Duke.