HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Ambassadors from member states of the
European Union, together with the Ambassador of the EU,
will visit the South East Lowveld from Wednesday to
Friday, the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe said in a
statement on Tuesday.
trip, the envoys will appreciate the progress and
results achieved so far under the EU cooperation with
Zimbabwe in the region, the statement said.
also seek to reinforce the understanding of the
opportunities and challenges in the area, the statement
visit, the delegation will meet with government,
communities, traditional leaders, local authorities,
farmers, conservancy operators and sugar producers to
discuss their concerns, exchange views and strengthen
the cooperation between the European Union and Zimbabwe
for the benefits of the people in the South East Lowveld,”
the statement said.
Ambassador Philippe Van Damme said the EU was proud of
having supported over the past years the people in the
South East Lowveld with 14 million U.S. dollars in
facing their daily challenges and working toward a more
prosperous future with projects in agriculture,
sustainable livelihood from wildlife, livestock and
addition, the European Union supported the local sugar
industry - one of the key economic drivers - with more
than 37 million dollars to out-growers, improve
infrastructure such as railway and irrigation schemes
and increase production capacity.
European Union has a long standing and strong
partnership with communities in the South East Lowveld,
one of the most disadvantaged regions in Zimbabwe.
Poverty, human wildlife conflict, land degradation,
deforestation and drought are only some of the
challenges facing the region,” he said.
added that the drought induced by the El Nino phenomenon
in 2016 highlighted once more the vulnerability of the
region, prompting large scale emergency assistance,
among others, from the European Union.
European Union and its member states remain committed to
continue their support. New programs for over 14 million
dollars put the sustainable management of natural
resources at the center of our cooperation,” he said.
said supporting communities, local administration and
government in best leveraging and mobilizing the
resources of the South East Lowveld including wildlife,
tourism, livestock, sugar and agriculture in a balanced,
economically, environmentally and socially sustainable
way would be critical for the development of the local
communities and for a better, more prosperous future.
the EU has also launched a new call for proposals to
support improved service delivery by public-private
partnerships throughout the country.
provide 7.1 million dollars for a project that aims at
promoting sustainable service delivery in the field of
research, education and extension for improved
contribution to wealth creation and agricultural growth.