EU provides €800 000 to Zambia

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European Union (EU) has provided grant of €800 000 to Zambia through the Southern African Development Community Trade Related Facility project.

The grant is set to be used to implement trade related interventions in the gold mining and agro-based sectors including aquaculture, dairy, pineapples and rice.

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The Ministry of Commerce Permanent Secretary, Kayula Siame, told the media that the funding would build on the specific activities which have been earmarked in these intervention areas.

She said, “Other interventions made hinged on Technical Barriers to Trade. University of Zambia School of Veterinary Medicine and Zambia Bureau of Standards working in collaboration with Apex Associations in the aforesaid agro-based target sectors were engaged to build food safety management systems based on industry needs.”

Siame added that among the specific activities implemented include a formalising 12 Mining cooperatives in Rufunsa and Petauke Districts, an exercise which was undertaken in partnership with Ministry of Mines Procurement Gold Panning and Mining Equipment for the Mining Cooperatives.

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She further said, “There were several other activities that have been lined-up and the Ministry would be communicating and sharing the developments as they ensue. Siame thanked the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for their continued financial and technical support.”