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Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Timo Olkkonen has hailed government for the successful implementation of the social cash transfer programme.

 

The Finnish envoy has also praised President Edgar Lungu for his firm stance in the fight against corruption and social inequalities.

 

Speaking during the official opening of a two-day workshop on the promotion of integrity, transparency and accountability in poverty and vulnerability reduction, Ambassador Olkkonen said Social cash transfer has helped reduce inequalities between the rich and the poor.

 

He says when public resources are not prudently applied, the ones who suffer the most are the vulnerable and less privileged in the rural parts of the country.

 

He has called for a firm political will from political leaders to fight corruption if the lives of the vulnerable in society are to be improved.

 

And officiating the event, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Vice President, Stephen Mwansa called on participants to make use of the workshop to improve on their daily approach to public resources.

 

Mr. Mwansa says the workshop could not have come at a better time, when the Head of State last week addressed controlling officers on the issue of public resources.

 

He says the government of President Edgar Lungu wants sanity in the handling of public resources.

 

Earlier, Ministry of Community Development Permanent secretary Howard Sikwela said transparency in the application of public resources is all that is needed to mend the inequality gaps in the country.

 

 

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