5 December 2012

Zambia: Finland to Boost Support to Zambia's Environment

FINNISH Ambassador to Zambia Pertti Anttinen has said his country will boost its assistance to Zambia in environment and natural resources sectors.

Mr Anttinen said the financing contribution to general budget support covering the next three years was expected to come out soon.

He said yesterday that the cooperation between the two countries had yielded positive results, especially in building capacity of institutions and skills base in Zambia.

Finland, he said, was contributing to empowerment of communities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and enhancing economic growth and wellbeing of locals in general.

"We Finns have also learnt a lot during these years and I think there are hundreds of my fellow Finns who have now experiences with Zambia and its special character and role in the region. This has also yielded into growing trade relations between the two countries," he said.

Responding to a Press query, the envoy said Zambia was one of the seven long-term partner countries for the Finish government's development cooperation.

The Finnish government was strengthening its concentration on the environment and natural resources sector.

"We also provide general budget support in order to support achievement of the Zambian national development objectives for poverty reduction, and to strengthen Zambian national systems and institutions.

"Zambia also benefits from our regional funding and other cooperation and twinning instruments. In the past, Finland has also supported energy, road and education sectors," he said.

Through the Finnpartnership's Match-Making Service, the Finish government facilitates support for new cooperation opportunities and business partnerships.

"Institutional Cooperation Instrument (ICI) supports twinning projects between Finnish and partner countries' public sector institutions. The objective is to strengthen the skills and know-how of Government actors, such as ministries, in the developing countries.

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