EU Troika mission to Zimbabwe: joint press conference by Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and President in office of the Council, and Karel de Gucht
Karel de Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, undertook a joint visit with Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and President in office of the Council, as part of an EU Troika mission to Zimbabwe on 12 and 13 September 2009.
The joint-EU mission aimed to underline the urgent need for Zimbabwe's unity government to fully implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in order for the EU to be able to fully re-engage with Zimbabwe and restore its co-operation assistance in full. The joint EU mission to Zimbabwe followed on from the visit by Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwean Prime Minister, and members of the inclusive government to Brussels in mid-June 2009 to re-launch the political dialogue between the EU and Harare. Discussions were expected to be held with all parties including with Morgan Tsvangirai in Bulawayo and Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, in Harare. Karel de Gucht also met with Arthur Mutambara, Zimbabwean Deputy Prime Minister.
On 12 September, Commissioner Karel De Gucht met with David Coltart, Zimbabwean Minister for Education, to launch the European Commission's contribution of 7.5 million euro to the education sector, mainly aimed at providing teaching and learning material to Zimbabwean primary schools.
On 13 September, Karel de Gucht visited a key European Commission funded humanitarian project in Chitungwiza, just outside Harare. The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department, under the direct responsibility of the Commissioner, provided 1.4 million euro for the rehabilitation of the Prince Edward water treatment plant as well as supporting direct hygiene and sanitation action in the fight against the September 2008 Cholera outbreak.
The European Commission is the overall main donor to vulnerable populations of Zimbabwe, having provided 572 million euro in both humanitarian and essential development aid to the population since 2002. SHOTLIST