RB meets Millennium Challenge Corporation boss

By Kaluwe Hanzuki in New York (ZANIS)President Rupiah Banda this evening held bilateral talks with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in New York.

Mr. Banda held a 20 minutes closed door meeting with MCC Deputy Vice President in the Department of Policy and International Relations, Sherri Kraham at the United Nations.

President Banda was flanked in the talks by his Economic Adviser, Dr. Richard Chembe, Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika in Washington DC, and Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Lazarous Kapambwe.

Ms. Kraham was accompanied by Dr. Jerry Dutkewych, who is MCC Director for Country Relations under the Department of Compact Development.

Three weeks ago, President Banda launched the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Zambia after the country met the MCC requirements, which among them, is a good anti-corruption strategy.

Zambia became eligible for the MCC compact assistance in December 2008 after the MCC noticed the country’s progress on corruption control indicators.

In 2006, the Zambian government, in collaboration with the private sector implemented a Threshold Country Program (TCP) with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) program to address key reforms and demonstrate its capacity for good governance and MCC Compact eligibility.

Promoting economic freedom and good governance through ruling justly are the central themes of the Millennium Challenge Account Threshold Project.

The USAID in Zambia assisted in designing the MCA Threshold Project to provide the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) with the technical and material assistance needed to implement the TCP and achieve its ambitious goals.

President Banda is in New York attending the 64th General Assembly of the UN, which officially opened for general debate today.

The President has taken advantage of his stay in New York to hold bilateral talks with some leaders and business institutions on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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