US to increase annual aid to Zambia by US$100 million

Lusaka_skylineThe United States has said it will increase its bilateral assistance to Zambia in 2013 from US$400 million per annum to $500 million per annum

The US government will increase its assistance to Zambia in order to bring the country’s prosperity in various sectors, according to Mark Storella, US ambassador to Zambia.

Speaking in Lusaka, Storella said the US’s principal interest was to ensure that Zambia continued to succeed as a role model for the region in democracy, peace, human rights and prosperity.

“Our desire is to build capacity of institutions and empower Zambians so that they can be responsible for their own development and that of the nation,” remarked Storella.

“We see a future of Zambia beyond aid as the nation grows in prosperity and becomes more and more capable of marshalling its own resources.”

The US is believed to view Zambia as a partner with who it can collaborate and address global challenges such as health, poverty, the environment, human trafficking, climate change and regional stability.

Nawa Mutumweno

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