- Create Jobs / Business Opportunity
- Reduce Inequality
- Educate & Empower
- Electrify Zambia
- Improve Competitiveness
- Cut Government Waste
- Agriculture Development
- Stable & Consistent Policies
- A Healthy Nation
- Good Governance
1. CREATE A STABLE & CONSISTENT POLICY ENVIRONMENT WHILE IN GOVERNMENT.UPND will be a partner of business for the long term, attracting investment and supporting the growth of local business.
1.1. UPND will ensure and review policies that are not consistent, unfavourable to the country be it business, justice, human rights, media, environment and will enact thoroughly thought out well researched policies that will contribute to human development and economic growth. Fiscal and monetary policies are important to help organisations plan
2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. UPND will focus on key sectors such as Agriculture, Mining, Tourism and Construction sectors including service sectors that should spur economic development and job creation. These sectors will allow hard working citizens and investors to unleash their potential and exploit opportunities while government provides a conducive environment. By growing the economy and focusing on lowering the cost of living, ensuring food security and increasing support for the disadvantaged.
2.1. IMPROVE COMPETITIVENESS and make it easier to do business by cutting red tape (licenses, permits, delivery timeframes) and improving trade and transport links.
2.2. LOWERING COST OF DOING BUSINESS; Reduction in corporate tax to circa 25%, managing the fuel procurement process to help lower fuel costs etc.
2.3. Focusing on lowering cost of production, improve productivity, crop diversification, livestock disease control, improved extension services, GO Commercial schemes to ensure farmers graduate from e-FISP, Research and Development and Value-addition. This is the basis for the agribusiness and other manufacturing industry to grow that will contribute to job creation and increase in tax base.
2.4. The use of Cooperative society model to create jobs and growing the emergent farmers group
2.5. Empowering Small, Medium enterprises in Mining, Construction and tourism to ensure access to equipment, finance, incentives to grow these sectors and encourage partnerships in ventures between local and foreign businesses.
2.6. UPND will brand Zambia to the local and foreign tourists through the use of national identity symbols. This will help market products like;
a. Aqua tourism
b. Forest and Bush tourism
c. Urban Tourism
d. Lake tourism
e. Countrywide tourism
All these activities will and can create sustainable jobs
UPND believes that with an improved economic base this will now lead to support the social sectors;
3. EDUCATE AND EMPOWER our population especially the youth by ensuring better access to affordable education, supporting vocational training and facilitating top-class affordable college and university education.
3.1. Ensuring that all those who failed in Grade 7,9 and 12 are given an opportunity to obtain a skill/trade that will help them exploit an opportunity in life. Re-align secondary school syllabus to allow pupils to specialise.
3.2. Continuously invest in education infrastructure, human resource, school materials, and transform some colleges especially in health and agriculture sciences into universities.
3.3. Empower the youths through deliberate procurement policies, business opportunities by teaming up for any work or services to be provided
3.4. Review grant mechanisms with improved release of funding to tertiary institutions.
4. ELECTRIFY ZAMBIA through better management of our existing facilities, increased investment, diversifying our energy portfolio, managing our water resources, and reducing the lead-time on key projects.
5. HEALTH AND NUTRITION.UPND believes a healthy nation is a more productive nation. UPND will improve health care delivery system through investments in infrastructure, improved nutrition, disease prevention, training more healthcare professionals and community health care providers and improved access to cheaper medicines.
5.1. Investment in infrastructure
5.2. Investment in training human resource to reduce patient ratio
5.3. Improvement in drug procurement and supply chain management
5.4. Investment in equipment to ensure at least district hospitals are supported
5.5. Health education to ensure disease prevention and mental health awareness
5.6. Research and development to support health care management, medical and health insurance will be supported.
6. CUT GOVERNMENT WASTE and invest the money saved into healthcare, education and other services i.e. be prudent in procurement and fight corruption.
6.1. Zero tolerance to corruption and making corruption-non bailable
6.2. Reasonable government transport system will be implemented
6.3. Ensuring that procured goods are accounted for
6.4. Government through IDC will only invest in sectors or companies with a strong ROI potential
7. GOOD GOVERNANCE and the protection of the rule of law, rights and freedoms of all Zambians will be the foundation of our socio-economic development, operational autonomy to oversight institutions so that they operate professionally and independently.
7.1. Run an open Government that will view and treat advise from and work with the various stake holders in civil society in areas of policy and programme implementation as true partners in development;
7.2. Ensure that all agreed or approved projects and programmes are implemented rigorously in an efficient, cost effective and timely manner;
7.3. Ensure that Government retains particular oversight and involvement (where necessary in partnership with the private/public sectors) in resources/assets such as energy, oil and gas for strategic and revenue for developmental reasons;
7.4. Provide clear and effective guidelines for domestic and external debt contraction, utilization and control in order to practice ‘responsible borrowing’. UPND will re-align any necessary borrowing from consumption to investment and other productive activities in order to enhance the country’s capacity to pay back loans.
8. LAND AND FORESTRY MANAGEMENT Land belongs to Zambians. The UPND will offer improved land management and delivery system and will guarantee access to land to Zambians including those who live outside the country to build houses, factories and industries on, grow food and for other productive use such as security for loan financing.
8.1. Better land use planning (master and specific use plans including roads and bridges),
8.2. Quick processing (approval or rejection) of applications for titling, adequate monitoring and control of plan implementation at local and district planning.
8.3. In consultation with traditional authorities make more land for development while ensuring land security for rural populations.
9. LABOUR UPND shall in appreciation of the workforce will be introducing policies that lead to paying workers what they truly deserve and rewarding them for their service to this nation. To do this, our approach is as follows:
9.1. We shall support better and sustainable labour and investment relations by fostering a genuine tripartite partnership involving workers (labour), employers (investment) and Government(regulator).
9.2. Reduce the retirement age to 55 years and ensure that all retirees get their retirement package on the last day of working. This will also facilitate career enhancement for many and provide financial counselling.
9.3. We will reduce unnecessary expenditures that will reduce the need to tax workers at current exorbitant rates of 37.5%.
9.4. We will create a professional civil service that will have access to Government initiated career enhancing acquisition of skills to increase productivity.
9.5. UPND shall endeavor to end or discourage practices such as casualization.
9.6. UPND shall have a labour friendly tax regime that will ensure that companies pay a LIVING wage, not to be confused with a MINIMUM wage
9.7. Zambia needs a responsible and fair social security system that provides security when people lose their jobs or are medically discharged, as well as a decent income when they retire. Zambians by nature and largely due to our strong religious belief always believed in the principle of contribution, sharing, giving, helping others get back on their feet, and providing support in times of need.
10. INDUSTRIALISATION AND EMPLOYMENT.
As long as Zambia continues being an import based economy, it is going to remain a struggling economy. There are a lot of products that Zambia can manufacture locally that we are currently importing. These range from basic commodities to sophisticated equipment that we can manufacture here or at the very least manufacture components of them. For instance why are we importing brake pads, when the men at Bauleni market and in Chimwemwe in Kitwe can bond brakes at 20% the cost of new brake pads?
As UPND we are aware of the value of manufacturing to our economy. In the current structure of our economy, manufacturing cannot be supported. The cost
of production related to fuels and electricity. This high cost of borrowing has a direct bearing on our competitive advantage in the region and beyond. UPND shall create an environment where interest rates do not strangle the manufacturing sector.
10.1. UPND will promote rapid industrialisation in all sectors of the economy to promote employment through job creation. This will be done through:
10.2. Implementation of a clear industrial policy that will fix the resourcing through manufacturing related incentives.
10.3. Amendment of the ZDA Act to make it more responsive to the current business environment especially PPPs.
10.4. Setting up a business development for start-up business and capitalisation of existing ones for all Zambians wishing to enter business.
10.5. Working with business to promote raw material processing with particular emphasis on increasing Zambian exports through regional and international trade to support growth objectives.
10.6. As a consequence, Government shall provide market access enable businesses to exploit regional and other international trade opportunities;
10.7. improving Zambia’s business climate to promote private and public investments for growth; 10.9 Aggressively and tirelessly working to redress various constraints to business development and social progress. This shall include cutting to minimum the current excessive bureaucracy in various Government and public institutions by setting minimum delivery standards for efficiency such as license or permit issuance within a set time frame, foster attitude change among staff to facilitate and promote the concept of partnership.