Status on the aid the Government is providing for countries.
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUOESTION NO: 1318 (NW1529E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 13-2012 OF 18 MAY 2012
Mr IO Davidson (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
Whether the Government provides aid to any countries; if so, (a) in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12 financial years, (aa) to which countries, (bb) how much money were extended to these countries in each case and (cc) what is the total monetary value of all aid provided to other countries?
- As relates to the disbursement of aid under the African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund, these are the amounts and countries that have received aid in the financial years stipulated.
- R24 million to Sierra Leone to fund 20 Cuban doctors to offer medical services.
- R300 million to Zimbabwe contributed towards supporting the economic recovery programme.
- R3 million for the African Research Centre, which serves as a focal point for ombudsman offices in Africa.
- R4 million for the AU Observer Mission to the elections in Sudan.
A further R141 million was recommended for other projects, but these were only followed through in the next financial year.
- R15 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for the improvement of veterinary laboratory capacities in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC and Senegal.
- R13 million for an International Diplomatic Training Programme at the DIRCO Diplomatic Academy. Countries that benefitted include South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Mauritius and Comoros.
- R100 million towards supporting the economic recovery of Cuba following the 2008 hurricanes.
- R5 million for South Africa’s participation in SADC and AU Observer Missions during the financial year. Observer Missions were sent for the elections in Seychelles, Zambia and the DRC.
- R10,6 million to transport humanitarian assistance donated by SADC Member States to the people of Somalia.
- R126 million to assist the DRC to undertake successful Presidential and Legislative elections in November 2011.