Danida Gives Zimbabwe US$43m Boost

“Zimbabwe has huge potential waiting to be released,” he said in an interview.

“The country must, however, take decisive steps to ensure democratic and economic reform and take a careful look at current policies to attract private sector investment. We are here to help.”

He said the US$43 million would be used to support private sector development in the agriculture sector, rehabilitate water and power supply, as well as for good governance, democracy and human rights.

Karlsen said Denmark was opening an Embassy in Harare, thus upgrading its office which was the case since the days of economic mismanagement.

“Denmark and Danida is back in Zimbabwe” he said in the interview. “Denmark has resumed its active role in its engagement – and is one of the five largest bilateral donors to Zimbabwe.”

Support would also be for power supply and clean water in the major cities and towns in the country, help speed up the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), as well as help strengthen the judiciary which has come under fire in Zimbabwe.

He said the cash would also be used to provide computers, cars, generators and legal material for nine provincial courts, making the justice system ore efficient.

“Victims of human rights abuses will also receive legal assistance,” Karlsen said.