Visit of Andris Piebalgs to Zambia: meeting with Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, COMESA secretary general at the EU delegation offices- statements following the meeting- visit of Cheeba community in Kafue district and St. Moris school in Lusaka
Lusaka,Lusaka - EU/Delegation
On 19 June 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, paid a visit to Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, COMESA secretary general at the EU delegation offices, in Lusaka, Zambia. During his stay, Andris Piebalgs also visiting the Cheeba community in Kafue district and St. Moris school in Lusaka.
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||General view of the traffic in Lusaka
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, at the EU Delegation Offices
||Handshake between Andris Piebalgs and Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, COMESA secretary general at the EU delegation offices (2 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs and Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): COMESA has been a partner for quite substantial number of years, we focused on how to build more efficient cooperation for the next seven years I confirm that regional cooperation stays high on the EU agenda support for African countries and definitely secretary general of COMESA is giving his wide experience how to make our support more result oriented and more visible.
||Cutaway of press
||Soundbite by Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya (in ENGLISH): EU is the largest development partner with respect to contribution to regional integration programs that is infrastructure, for example, if you look at the Zambia/Tanzania interconnection, it is thanks to the European Commission that we have funding for this. There are so many projects of that nature. Obviously for the next seven years under the EDF 11, we are also going to find what can we do better to get the value for every dollar expenditure.
||Various agricultural shots at Cheeba community in Kafue district (7 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs visiting St. Moris school in Lusaka (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): The concerns are definitely how to first of all get maximum out of EU money. I think that is ... How to get more results, I think that is a concern because it's really a strategic choice that you have to make. Other is the visibility of the EU. I was glad visiting schools, seeing the EU logo because EU tax payers need to be convinced today to support development cooperation - and then the visibility matters - and I believe that the EU in the past has been very altruistic and in particular in its budget support. You don't see an EU visibility and we need to increase it because it's really honest support or partner countries and also Zambia. I think these two issues results and visibility definitely preoccupy me but not only in this country but overall in the EU.Zambia has always been like an island of political stability, democracy and also security because the regions up have been sometimes perturbed and Zambia has extremely good track record about tolerance, about well respect for human rights and democracy and I think that is the particular feature (2 shots)
||Departure of Andris Piebalgs (4 shots)