CPH Post

International

Zimbabwe to receive Danish grant of 110 million kroner

After EU sanctions and a decade of frosty relationships, Denmark is once again opening dialogue and its wallet to the southern African country


Erik Brogger Rasmussen, the Danish chargé d'affaires to Zimbabwe (top right), with embassy staff (Photo: zimbabwe.um.dk)

June 10, 2014
13:56

by Alina Shron


Denmark announced a 110 million kroner grant to Zimbabwe for water, energy and infrastructure rehabilitation on Monday.

The money will go into the Zimbabwe Multi Donor Trust Fund (Zim-Fund), which is managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and currently holds almost 800 million kroner in contributions from seven European countries.

Denmark is the biggest contributor so far with 182 million.

Implementation underway
The projects under the fund are already ongoing, according to African Development Bank representative Mateus Magala.

At the signing ceremony in the capital city of Harare, he said that 2.5 million people would benefit from the safe water and better power supplies that the completion of the first project would bring in 2016.

Symbolic transaction
The fund also represents Denmark’s willingness to soften its position on Zimbabwe and normalise the relationship between the countries.

“Zim-Fund is yet another sign that Denmark is back in Zimbabwe,” Erik Brogger Rasmussen, the Danish chargé d'affaires to Zimbabwe, said at the signing.

“We ran away at some point because we were very unhappy with what happened with the land reform.”

State remains troubled
Denmark had reduced its contact with Zimbabwe during the southern African country's controversial forced land redistribution around the turn of the century.

In 2002, the EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe after alleged electoral violence and human rights violations by President Mugabe’s government.

Zimbabwe is entering its 35th year of despotic rule by Mugabe, and with six banks having recently gone under and another eleven hanging by a thread, experts predict that his government will run out of cash by August.



Related stories



Latest Comments

You would have to be nuts to invest in a share savings account in a Danish...

(Bill Jones on October 21, 2014 16:08)

Good for her. Happy DK puts on a good act for the world, but sexual...

(Bill Jones on October 21, 2014 15:59)

Guess Denmark's high cost of conducting business proved good for something --...

(Bill Jones on October 21, 2014 15:49)

It can't hurt!

(Heidi Patterson on October 20, 2014 23:24)

Ik dacht wel dat ik dit gezicht herkende toen ik je foto zag. Jouw zoon...

(Helena Fiers on October 20, 2014 20:24)

Sex with animals is clearly not allowed under Islamic law. Usual it results...

(William Harvey on October 20, 2014 19:47)

Fact: 80% of all married kontanthjelp collectors are immigrants. Do we need...

(Jon Paris King on October 20, 2014 19:08)

Good. If Dk doesn`t get rid of all these taxes , gebyr and other hidden BS,...

(Jon Paris King on October 20, 2014 13:59)

Just for shits & giggles lets drop a side scan sonar next to the NS Concord...

(Buzzy Sørensen on October 20, 2014 03:14)

I

(Ernest Sanchez on October 19, 2014 16:05)