Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 June 2009

Denmark pledges extra 20 million Kroner to Zimbabwe




Denmark pledges extra 20 million Kroner to Zimbabwe



COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 23, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — During his recent visit to Denmark, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, was promised a further 20 million kroner (DKK) in transitional assistance by the Danish Minister for Development and Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs. 


Denmark has previously pledged 60 million DKK in 2009 to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe also receives humanitarian support through Danish NGOs.

According Ulla Tørnæs, women will be a main target for the new funds:

“Working with women and girls in Africa is a priority. If we can improve education for young girls and improve living conditions and economic possibilities for women in general, then we are heading in the right direction. Women are the backbone of Africa, which is why part of the 20 million DKK I promised Prime Minister Tsvangirai will be spent on women”.

In Zimbabwe, work is under way to create a new constitution and further speed up democratization.

“The new transitional government is currently working very hard to rebuild Zimbabwe, renewing the constitution and improving governance. Denmark is pleased to be able to support these efforts through its additional contribution”, says Minister Tørnæs.
The parliamentary Finance Committee already approved a grant of 50 million DKK on 18 June, the day after Tsvangirai’s visit. The grant is earmarked for salaries of some of Zimbabwe’s many public servants, who have not been paid recently, and for agricultural inputs and school books.


Denmark – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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