The African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Post Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project (PCIREP) which is managed by United Nations Office for Project Services in Zimbabwe (UNOPS) officially handed over 8 Knuckle Boom Crane Trucks and two Nissan Single Cab Pick-up Trucks to the Local Government Minister July Moyo at his offices at the Makombe Building Wednesday.
The vehicles will be used during construction and maintenance of electrical equipment at ZETDC to lift and transport heavy items such as power line wood poles, transformers, cables, overhead conductors and other items.
The consignment of goods donated is worth US$800,000.00.
To date, a total of 15 vehicles, various tools and equipment all worth US$1.4 million have been delivered to the Ministry of Local Government to strengthen capacity for disaster preparedness under the Idai Recovery Project funded by the African Development Bank.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, AfDB Country Manager Moono Mupotola reiterated the commitment of AfDB to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals for Zimbabwe by promoting sustainable resilience and recovery saying: “our strategy is to increase support for capacity building of African countries to tackle climate change risks and PCIREP is a demonstration of our commitment to institutional strengthening and resilience building.”
Moyo acknowledged the impact of the work being done by development partners through grants from institutions such as the AfDB. PCIREP, a $25 million dollar project which is funded by AfDB, is a multi-sectoral response to Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe.
PCIREP mainly aims to restore service levels of transport, power, water and sanitation, and agriculture to the affected people in the most impacted districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge as well as strengthen the Government of Zimbabwe’s capacity in disaster preparedness and management. The project which is implemented under a tripartite agreement between the Government of Zimbabwe, UNOPS and AfDB is an embodiment of how the government, international organisations and development partners can work together and benefit the nation.
“The donation of 8 Crane Trucks and 2 Nissan NP300 Pick Up trucks to enhance disaster preparedness and response in Manicaland Province comes barely two months after we received another donation of vehicles, ICT equipment, tents and tools from the bank.
“In line with the principle of ‘Building Back Better’, I am pleased to note that we have seen resuscitation and reconstruction of key sectors of the economy which include shelter, agriculture, roads and bridges infrastructure, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and education among other sectors.
“My Ministry remains committed to ensure that we continue to engage and collaborate our efforts for the implementation of the Post Cyclone Idai Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project (PCIREP). We commend African Development Bank for the continued dedication to see this project completed despite the on-going response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”
“As I accept this donation on behalf of the Government and the people of Zimbabwe, I would like to express sincere gratitude to our partners AfDB, and UNOPS for this gesture and urge other Agencies and development partners to emulate the dedication and commitment to contribute to the attainment of our national development goals, ” said Moyo in a statement.