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Monday, March 30, 2009

"Zimbabwe asks for $8-10 bln to reconstruct economy," AlertNet/Reuters, March 30, 2009.

[While Stephen Harper sagely informs us that Afghanistan is "still dangerous," NATO considers sending troops to Zimbabwe and elsewhere, and humanitarian aid is taken by some as a casus belli, Canadians may want to know the details about what is left of our Africa policy after the Martin government's review. -jlt]

MBABANE, March 30 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has requested $8-10 billion in assistance to help rebuild the country's devastated economy, South Africa's Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Monday.

Dlamini-Zuma said the Southern African Development Community was reviewing a Zimbabwean recovery plan requiring that financial assistance.

The figure is almost double that which Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai previously said was needed to rebuild the economy.

On the page for this article, AlertNet also provides links to a briefing on the Zimbabwe crisis, a list of international aid NGOs working there, the cholera epidemic, facts and figures on Zimbabwe and South Africa, a report on the current SADC meeting and more =>
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