US Congress pledges increased support to Zambia

The United States (US) Congress has pledged to increase its support to Zambia’s education and agriculture sectors.

US Senator, Lindsey Graham, who is leading a delegation of US Senate Appropriations Committee visiting Zambia to check various projects funded by the American people, has reaffirmed the Congress’ commitment to lobbying for increased investment to the education and agriculture sectors.

Mr Graham says the Congress is happy with the strides the Zambian government is making in fighting corruption.

He says fighting corruption guarantees prudent utilisation of funds for US funded projects in Zambia.

He was speaking after inspecting a US funded literacy programme at Kabuyu primary school and checking on the Strengthening Climate Resilient in Agriculture (SCRALA) project in Kazungula today.

Mr Graham said Zambia is becoming a good example of prudent utilisation of resources in the region. 

And US Senator for Appropriations Committee, Chris Coons, says America provides about five million US dollars for various projects in Zambia annually.

Mr Coons said one of the successes scored is the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funding towards the health sector, which has increased life expectancy in Zambia by 20 percent.

A delegation of US Congressmen is in Zambia to among other things, monitor the implementation of various US funded projects.