Ireland Reaffirms Aid To Zambia

Irish Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Patrick McManus says the Irish government will continue to partner with Zambia in order to help the country to develop.

Mr McManus said the Irish government has a part to play in helping the Zambian government to achieve meaningful development among its people.

He said the Irish embassy was happy and took recognizance of the positive strides that the PF government had put in place in trying to push the development agenda forward.

“The Zambian government is doing very well in many respects especially in the area of poverty reduction. My country will support the government in all its national priorities.

The Irish envoy said unlike other donor countries that pulled out of the country, his mission in Zambia would continue to stay in partnership with Zambia in order to render financial support to the country through its cooperation program.

McManus said his mission was particularly pleased with the peaceful transition of power that saw Patriotic Front getting into government.

He applauded Zambia for being open and clear on its fight against corruption saying his mission appreciates and fully supports President Michael Sata’s efforts that are aimed at completely eradicating the vice.

“Corruption is a big issue of course in Zambia as it is in many countries. The Zambia government is clear and open about this fight and us as donors we want to encourage and absolutely support the president’s stance on the fight,” he said.

The Deputy Chief of Mission was speaking in Mazabuka yesterday when a team of Independent Audit Committee members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland visited the district to audit various projects that have been funded under the Irish Aid.

He announced that the Irish government had set aside 30 million Euros to be used in a period of five years to implement various developmental projects through out the country.

McManus said the money was part of a five year program circle starting this month, and would target the Ministry of Education which he said was part of the main part of their support in an effort aimed at providing quality education especially to school children.

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