African Development Bank donates vehicles to boost disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe

The African Development Bank this week handed over a batch of vehicles, tools and equipment to officials in Zimbabwe. The vehicles will strengthen the country’s capacity in disaster preparedness and management.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Bank Representative Emmanuel Nzabanita, Director of ZimFund, reiterated the Bank’s commitment to promote resilience and recovery in Zimbabwe, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. United Nations. “When a government puts in place well-structured policies and frameworks for disaster response, it is much easier for development partners to enter and complement government efforts,” Nzabanita said.

He thanked the United Nations Office for Project Services in Zimbabwe (UNOPS) for its tireless efforts to achieve the post-Cyclone Idai and Kenneth project goals of emergency recovery and resilience, despite the challenges posed. by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The goods handed over consist of two Nissan Single Cab pickup trucks, emergency tents, tools and computers. Receiving the donation, the Minister of Local Administration and Public Works, July Moyo, acknowledged the impact of the work carried out by development partners through grants from institutions such as the African Development Bank.

“The government is satisfied with the progress made so far in the implementation of the post-cyclone Idai recovery project. I urge all government departments and agencies involved to continue in the spirit of collaboration in the implementation of projects. My ministry will continue to engage all stakeholders to ensure that all outstanding elements of the projects come to fruition, ”Moyo said.

The Post Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience project is a $ 25 million project funded by the African Development Bank. The main objective of the project is to restore the service levels of transport, electricity, agriculture, water and sanitation to the inhabitants of the most affected districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Zimbabwe in disaster preparedness and management. The project is implemented under a tripartite agreement between the Government of Zimbabwe, UNOPS and the African Development Bank.

The handover ceremony also took place in the presence of the Minister of the Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Mangaliso Ndlovu; the Deputy Minister of Energy and Electricity Development Magna Mudyiwa; as well as various delegates from the Department of Meteorological Services and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company.

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