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Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on First Trip to Zambia

Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on First Trip to Zambia

Andris Piebalgs, the European commissioner for development, will take his first trip to Zambia between the 18th to the 20th of June.

He is expected to sign several cooperation agreements including one with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization explicitly designed to aid Zambian smallholder farmers. Smallholdings are farms which typically support one family by a combination of both subsistence and cash crops – although in many developing countries, the availability of cash crops depends strictly on the quality of the growing season.

Furthermore, the EU will also provide a total of €118 million to renovate and rebuild Zambia’s East Road, which serves as an important transport link between Malawi and Mozambique. As a large landlocked country, Zambia is entirely dependent on road transport to get its goods to the global market. Zambia is the largest copper producer in Africa and the seventh largest in the world as of 2010. Copper is also the country’s main export. Yet although the EU is helping develop Zambia’s infrastructure, it does not rank among the country’s top trading partners.  Rather, China (34.8 percent), Switzerland (18.2 percent) and South Africa (7.8 percent) occupy the top three spots.

The EU has promised to provide Zambia with €489.7 million between 2008 and 2013, to be used in the areas of agriculture, governance and energy.

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About the Author:

Sebastian Andrei is NABATAEANS’ editor for EU - Middle East Trade and Political Relations. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, where he majored in journalism with minors in political science as well as business and economics. Sebastian is responsible for reporting on the European Union’s external trade relations. He also writes about economic development and investment opportunities in Europe as well as about policy changes which affect the EU common market.

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