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By ZamChro Correspondent,

 

Lusaka, Zambia – The British government has said it will continue to provide financial aid to Zambia and other poor countries, although its (British) economy has also been badly affected by the global recession, Zambian Chronicle learned Monday.

 

Britain will not reduce direct budget support to Zambia despite the global credit crunch; Quoting Kerry McCarthy, who is a member of parliament for Bristol and parliamentary aid to Douglas Alexander, the head of the Department for International Development (DFID), as saying here.

 

McCarthy said there would be no reduction in budget support and that support to Zambia and other countries was expected to increase to an average of about 0.7 per cent of her country’s gross national income by 2013.

 

McCarthy is part of a delegation of British MPs who are in the country on a six-day visit.

 

The five MPs are members of the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

 

“My government has made it clear that the recession will not come in the way of the promises that we have made to support poor countries,” she said.

 

On Zimbabwe, she said the British government would only provide aid to Zimbabwe through non-governmental organizations until a change in the governance system was noted.

 

The MPs all called on the new government in Zimbabwe to resolve the country’s problems and uplift the standard of living of all Zimbabweans.

 

Pana

 

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