ZAMBIA'S economic outlay has mainly been buoyed by natural resources and a peaceful political disposition, attributes that will help the country maintain attractive and stable macroeconomic fundamentals.
That inflation has dropped this month to seven per cent from 7.1 per cent recorded in August is a pointer to the fact that the economic disposition will continue to shore up and in the long run, poverty levels will be reduced.
Abundant natural resources such as minerals, wildlife, waterfalls and other water bodies, good soils, weather as well as attractive vegetation bolster sustainable growth in mining, agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing.
The construction sector has taken the lead mainly because of the massive infrastructure development taking place as the Government has embarked on a robust road construction and rehabilitation programme.
Yes, as Central Statistical Office director John Kalumbi has indicated, of the total 7.0 per cent annual inflation rate recorded this month, food products accounted for 3.4 percentage points, while non-food products accounted for a total of 3.6 percentage points.
The catchword is single-digit inflation which the country has maintained over a long period of time and indications are that the overall picture will continue to improve.
Macroeconomic fundamentals for the country are still slanted towards steady growth and stability in the economy.
Zambia's economic landscape requires a tenacious and steadfast approach to maintain the attractive macro-economic fundamentals.
However, it will be naive for anyone to ignore the imperative need to address swelling unemployment levels, especially among the youth.
Poverty levels also require a pragmatic approach just as the agricultural marketing system needs to be streamlined.
The Government has, however, started addressing bottlenecks in the agriculture sector and has thus made it a point to deliver farming inputs timely.
More importantly, all priority sectors of the economy are receiving Government's attention to enable the private sector thrive.
Tourism, mining, construction, manufacturing, and agriculture, the sectors upon which the Government anchors its development agenda, will continue receiving incentives while the private sector takes the front seat.
The Patriotic Front Government should, therefore, maintain stable macroeconomic fundamentals and accelerate efforts to reduce poverty.