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Press Release

MCC Celebrates the Closeout of the Five-Year, $355 Million Zambia Compact

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2018 – Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary Jeanne Hauch visited Lusaka this week to recognize the accomplishments of the MCC Zambia Compact.

While in Lusaka, Ms. Hauch met with Zambian President Edgar Lungu, U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote, Zambian Minister of Finance Margaret Mwanakatwe, and other Zambian government senior officials, as well as the dedicated Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia staff.  The MCC vice president also visited project sites and met with beneficiaries of the MCC-Zambia Compact.

“It has been an honor to be here this week to celebrate the successes of the MCC-Zambia Compact,” MCC Vice President Jeanne Hauch said at the conclusion of her trip.  “This Compact is MCC’s largest urban water investment to date.  Not only will the Compact investments increase access of ordinary Zambians to water, they will also decrease water-related diseases and reduce destructive flooding.”

“I am proud that the United States has played a fundamental role in promoting the supply of clean water and access to improved sanitation here in Zambia,” U.S. Ambassador Daniel Foote said.  “Too many people in Zambia and around the world do not have access to these basic services, yet they are critical to the health and prosperity of our communities,” he added.

The MCC-Zambia Compact was designed to create a more productive and efficient water sector in Zambia to improve Zambians’ health, catalyze economic growth, and reduce poverty.

MCC’s compact has created opportunities and improved the lives of Zambians living in Lusaka. The lasting impact of the MCC-Zambia Compact is reduced flooding because of improved drainage infrastructure, increased access to water supply and sanitation due to improved water and sanitation infrastructure, and improved provision of services from the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company and the Lusaka City Council.

MCC’s investment in Zambia’s water sector will benefit approximately 1.2 million people over the next 20 years.

Learn more about the accomplishments of the MCC Zambia Compact on our feature page.

This press release was initially issued by the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka.