Denmark agrees to fund Zimbabwe elections

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By Zimbabwe Investor on April 11, 2013. No Comments

Zimbabwe recent held a referendum for a new constitution paving way for fresh elections

Zimbabwe recent held a referendum for a new constitution paving way for fresh elections

HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Denmark government Wednesday said it will fund elections in Zimbabwe, which are likely to be held later this year, after an assessment by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP).

The principals in the inclusive government asked the ministers of finance and justice to seek funds for the general elections from donor agencies and other countries, saying the treasury coffers are empty.

Zimbabwe needs about US$132 million for the general elections this year.

Addressing journalists in Harare this morning State Secretary of Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of DANIDA, Ib Petersen said the parties in the inclusive government have said that there are a number of issues that need to be implemented before elections.

“We will as other partners listen carefully through assessment going to be done by the UN. We would like to go in and support it (elections) financially. It will be natural for us to provide support to the elections together with other partners but of course provided that we think that the country is ready for conducting free and fair elections”

He hailed the country for holding a peaceful referendum adding that the political parties are saying there are a number of issues that need to be implemented.

“We are listening carefully to what the different parties are saying that there are a number of issues that need to be dealt with before elections.”

The purpose of the State Secretary’s visit is to conduct high-level political consultations with ministers from all parties in Zimbabwe covering a range of issues.

Through the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Fund (The Zim-Fund), the Government of Denmark has provided US$15, 2 million.

Meanwhile, Denmark says it is planning to launch a new development programme in mid-2013 with a substantial increase in budget.

“We are focusing a lot on agriculture small scale agriculture focusing creating employment and creating improved livelihoods,” Petersen said.

He said Denmark is undertaking various interventions to also strengthen the covering a range of issues.

Through the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Fund (The Zim-Fund), the Government of Denmark has provided US$15, 2 million.

Denmark is planning to launch a new development programme in mid-2013 with a substantial increase in budget.

“We are focusing a lot on agriculture small scale agriculture focusing creating employment and creating improved livelihoods,” Petersen said.

He said Denmark is undertaking various interventions to also strengthen the commercial ties between the two countries.