The European Union has availed more than 23 million euros to the government to help towards improving people’s access to health services and enhance their livelihoods through trade in the informal sector.

The funding is meant to improve access to quality health services for women and children and ensure reorganisation of the informal sector.

Speaking at the official launch and signing ceremony of these new projects, EU commissioner for international cooperation and development, Mr Neven Mimica said as they stand ready to accelerate support to Zimbabwe during its transition process, it is important for the government to increase its allocation to the social sector for economic development.

The EU funding will go a long way in assisting the government to sustain its gains in reducing maternal mortality rate and improvements made in sexual and reproductive health.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo said as they are moving towards reorganising the informal trade sector it is important for all involved stakeholders to cooperate.

Of the 23 million euros availed, 20.6 million of it was directed to the health sector and 2.8 million for the informal traders.

The informal traders fund will see a number of bulk centers being built in selected areas like Harare, Goromonzi, Manyame and Mrewa among others for traders to send their produce for sell.