Zambia will separate its mines and energy ministry and move national planning out of finance as part of efforts to improve economic growth, President Edgar Lungu told lawmakers in his state of the nation speech.
The government will also split the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication as well as the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, he said Friday in Lusaka, the capital. In total, the government will create five new ministries under Lungu’s plan.
“The starting point in promoting dynamic and strategically focused diversification and rapid growth is realignment of our institutions to promote synergies in the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and coordination of national programs,” the president told lawmakers.
Zambia is facing its worst power shortage on record and a plunge in metal prices has prompted mines to announce suspensions and thousands of retrenchments, threatening revenue and growth. The government is working “rapidly” to address the power crisis and the country will be an electricity exporter within 13 months after new generation projects start, Lungu said.