EU Relations with ZAMBIA

Political and Economic Relation

Political Framework:

Political and Policy dialogues:

  • The Cotonou Agreement, notably its articles 8 to 13, defines the bilateral framework for the political dialogue between Zambia and the EU.
  • The EU deployed an election observation mission in Zambia during the 2011 poll. 

Bilateral Development Cooperation:

  • The bilateral EU-Zambia cooperation strategy is promoting poverty reduction, growth and governance.
  • For the period 2014 to 2020 € 484 million were made available for this purpose under the National Indicative Programme of the 11th EDF.
  • The European Union and the Government of the Republic of Zambia agreed to focus on three sectors; energy, agriculture, and democratic governance.
  • The main programme decided in 2014 was the rehabilitation of the Kariba Dam (€ 64 million). Under the Annual Action Programme 2015, two projects are implemented in agriculture (€ 23 million) and two in the Governance sector (€ 14 million - elections and justice).

Regional cooperation:

  • Zambia is a member of both SADC and COMESA.The COMESA Secretariat is based in Lusaka.Under the 11th EDF, SADC, COMESA, the East Africa Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) are covered under the same Regional Indicative Programme(RIP) of € 1,332 million.
  • Assistance focuses on three sectors: i) peace, security and regional stability; ii) regional economic integration; and iii) regional natural resources management. Regional infrastructure migration, wildlife, river and aquifer management, sustainable fisheries (including inland) and maritime security receive an allocation.

Economic and trade relations:

  • In 2014, Zambia exported circa € 218 million in goods to Europe, and imported close to € 488 million from Europe.