On February 14, the Government of Zambia signed the plunge pool reshaping works contract (almost 50 million EURO; approximately 530 million Kwacha) with the company Razel-BEC at a signing ceremony held at the Kariba dam wall. The contract was endorsed for financing (100% grant) by the European Union at the same signing ceremony. The reshaping of the plunge pool is one of the main components of the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project which is being funded by four co-operating partners: the European Union, the World Bank, the African Development Bank Group and the Government of Sweden. Upon this occasion, the Ambassador of the European Union, Alessandro Mariani, confirmed the European Union’s support as part of the joint Zambia - European Union partnership in the energy sector to improve access to clean, reliable and affordable energy.
The Ambassador qualified the EU-Zambia partnership in the energy sector as "solid and dynamic". Referring to the importance of the joint work done by the four development partners, the Zambezi River Authority, and the Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Ambassador Mariani referred to an African proverb "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together".