President Edgar Lungu Extols Ties With Sweden
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Sweden and Zambia have enjoyed diplomatic relations since the southern African country became independent about 52 years ago, but relations have seen an upward positive swing since President Lungu assumed office in 2015.
At the entry of President Lungu, Sweden renewed confidence in Zambia, lifting a nine year aid freeze that had earlier been in place due to a raft of graft after President Lungu committed himself to fighting graft.
The Swedish government has since agreed to release last May, about 400 million Sweden Kroners (sek), which amounts to US$47.3 million, or about K400 million meant to improve the health sector in Zambia.
The money will be directed towards reducing mortality rates among mothers and babies, as well as reproductive health challenges in the country.
Another area the Swedish government is collaborating with President Lungu’s government is through a financing package for the repair of the Kariba Dam that recently experienced cracks.
Because of improved relations with the Lungu government and the missions in the two reciprocal countries, more aid packages are expected to continue flowing, as President Lungu pledges stricter management of public financial resources.
Anthony Mukwita summary ; Deputy Ambassador Sweden.