Groundbreaking Ceremony at Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute

Germany supports the Zambian Decentralisation Process with 90 million Kwacha

German Ambassador Achim Burkart and Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale have laid the cornerstone for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute in a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, 8th of November.

The German Government is supporting the modernization of Chalimbana – the oldest school in Africa dedicated to the training of local government personnel – with a total funding volume of 90 million Kwacha. Based on this, Chalimbana will be developed into a state of the art center for the training of local government staff and therefore contribute to the implementation of the decentralization process in Zambia.

Ambassador Burkart and Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale Enlarge image (© F. Hofmann) “Local governments are only as good as their personnel. Well educated local government staff is key to promote the decentralization process in a systematic way and to provide high-quality services for the Zambian citizens at the local level”, Ambassador Burkart said.

 He also applauded the Zambian Government for its achievements on decentralization over the last three years, including the launch of a revised National Decentralization Policy and the embedding of decentralization and the devolution of functions in the new Constitution.

Ambassador Burkart finally highlighted the important role of decentralization for the economic development of Zambia: “Decentralization has proved to be a key driver of innovation to adapt to changing environments in a strongly globalized world. Building on our German example, all the innovative businesses have benefited from decentralized structures, providing them with the very support they need to expand and flourish”.

Germany will continue to be the leading cooperating partner in the field of decentralization.

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute

Speech by Ambassador Achim Burkart