Danish Ambassador to Zambia Thomas Schjerbeck says his government’s decision to pull out its financial support to Zambia and 6 other African countries is not because of alleged mismanagement of resources.
Mr. Schjerbeck described the development as a political decision of his government to shift financial support to other needy African countries such as the new nation of South Sudan and many others.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Schjerbeck said this in an interview after witnessing the launch of a National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) Water Sector Resource Centre in Lusaka towards which his country is the main donor.
He stated that his country is also affected by the financial crisis that has hit Europe hence his government’s decision to phase out its support for seven (7) African countries out of the 26 other African countries that it has been supporting for over 50 years.
Mr. Schjerbeck said it is unfortunate that Zambia is among the countries that his government has decided to wean-off but was happy that the country is financially stable to support its programmes.
He said Zambia is among the countries in Africa that are performing well which he said was one of the reasons for his government’s decision to let the country sustain its programmes effective after 2013.
The Danish envoy disclosed that his government has been giving Zambia about US$50 million (Approximately K250 billion) per year to support poverty reduction programmes and for the provision of clean drinking water.
He said his government is expected to spend about US$ 100 million before phasing out its aid in the provision of safe drinking water in all parts of the country and that it will also channel its support to the road sector to target two roads that include Mongu-Kalabo in Western Province and another road in Luapula Province.