The European Union (EU) has given Zambia 12 million Euros toward Zambia’s COVID-19 response efforts, the European body said in a release obtained on Wednesday.

EU Head of Delegation to Zambia Jacek Jankowski said in a letter addressed to Zambia’s Finance Minister Bwalya Ng’andu that the funds include a two million Euros grant under the EU Global Initiative for COVID-19 and are meant for procurement of essential medicines and related commodities.

He said the second component was a 10 million Euros grant which will be channelled toward strengthening health systems and addressing the social and economic impact of the pandemic.

The Zambian finance minister said Zambia was ready to engage with the EU in exploring ways in which the southern African nation can further access support using options already available under the ongoing EU-funded program.

The Zambian minister called on recipient ministries to ensure prudent management of the funds so that intended beneficiaries can benefit. Enditem


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