REDUCED SPENDING TO SOCIAL SECTORS WORRIES A NON-STATE ACTOR

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REDUCED SPENDING TO SOCIAL SECTORS WORRIES A NON-STATE ACTOR

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By Patrick Soko 

 

Hivos Southern Africa Regional Advocacy Manager, Sustainable Foods, William Chilufya regrets that government appetite for debt contraction for infrastructure development has continued to lead to a reduction in spending towards social sectors.

 

Domestic arrears, excluding VAT refunds, increased to 20.2 billion kwacha in June 2019 from 15.6 billion kwacha in December 2018 while external debt stock as at 30 June 2019 stood at 10.23 billion United States dollars. 

 

And Mr Chilufya is concerned that debt servicing is impacting negatively on government spending towards sectors such as health thereby undermining efforts to combat poor nutrition.

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