By Scoop Reporter
MINISTER of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Raphael Nakacinda has asked the European Union to continue supporting the country in a number of areas concerning water, sanitation and environmental protection.
Speaking during a virtual meeting held on Monday with EU Ambassador to Zambia Jacek Jankowsk, Mr. Nakacinda said Zambia still needed support in various sectors of development like rain water harvesting particularly during rainy season, environmental protection, and sanitation.
He said in addition to existing projects meant to improve water and sanitation, Zambia still needed support in Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure, Water Resources Development, and Management, water sector financing mechanism, and environmental protection.
He thanked the EU, Federal Republic of Germany, World Bank and the African Development Bank for the Support in the Lusaka Sanitation Programme costing US$ 300 million with European Union contribution of euros 102.5 million.
“Zambia values the support from cooperating partners and high levels of transparency and accountability shall always be applied in the usage and management of resources and support at the ministry.
“The Zambian people are the sole beneficiaries of such assistance and hence all benefits should trickle down to them,” Mr. Nakacinda said.
And Ambassador Jacek Jankowsk said the EU shall remain supportive of improving lives of citizens in countries that support.
He said climate change had not spared Zambia as evidenced in the 2018/2019 challenges the country faced when it was hit by drought in the southern and western parts.
The Ambassador further called for putting up strategies and resources together to turn challenges into opportunities as he believed by working together, positive impact could be attained.