ZAMBIAN-GERMAN BILATERAL NEGOTIATION ON DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
18TH OF NOVEMBER 2020
Government-to-Government Negotiations between Germany and Zambia successfully concluded: A partnership for promoting good governance, transparency and better service delivery.
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of Zambia have successfully concluded negotiations on development cooperation which took place virtually on the 18th of November 2020.
During the negotiations, ongoing and future development cooperation programmes as well as policy issues were discussed in a constructive and cordial atmosphere. The spirit of the meeting reflected the trustful relations between both countries that were established more than 50 years ago. As Germany expressed concerns about shrinking democratic space and highlighted the importance of protecting freedom of expression and assembly in the run-up to the 2021 elections, both sides reaffirmed the importance of good governance and the promotion and preservation of democracy and fundamental human rights.
Germany highlighted its zero-tolerance approach to corruption, with a view to all development programming and beyond. The Zambian Government stressed its commitment to address corruption in all its forms and to implement public financial management reforms. It was agreed that all Zambian-German programs would focus on strengthening accountability and transparency for better service delivery for citizens. Germany also agreed to Zambia`s request to provide Technical Assistance with regard to the new Zambian Anti-Corruption Policy.
During the 2020 negotiations, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany committed € 46.8 million (approximately K1.2 billion) to the Republic of Zambia covering the years 2021-2022. These funds aim at promoting citizen´s participation, transparency, access to justice, decentralisation, food security and nutrition as well as improving access to water and sanitation. A focus lies on promoting the Zambian decentralization process and strengthening Local Authorities in Southern and Luapula Provinces in order to provide better services in line with citizens` needs.
Additional funds of € 91.85 million had already been committed since the last negotiation in 2018, adding to the above-mentioned sum. This allowed a quick response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (€ 28.75 million), the 2019 drought (€ 9 million) and to support nutrition, agricultural development and renewable energies. German bilateral commitments are currently being provided exclusively via grants.
Both sides reiterated the importance of returning to debt sustainability while safeguarding social spending for the most vulnerable. They agreed that formalizing a strong cooperation with the IMF and reaching a comprehensive negotiated agreement with all its bilateral official and private creditors in line with the G20 framework were of highest importance.
They concurred that as funds are scarce, it was even more important to make wise and efficient use of the available resources. The Zambian delegation assured the Germany delegation that the Public Finance Management Act will be consistently applied to prevent misuse of funds and that those that will abrogate the act will be punished in line with its provisions.