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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

EU gives 45m Euros to promote peace, development in Great Lakes region

The European Union is granting 45 million Euros for a program to promote regional integration of the three countries comprising the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL), APA learns here from a statement issued here Sunday. According to the statement from the EU office in Rwanda, the programme is seeking to promote peace, stability and development in the three Great Lakes states of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. “This program seeks to revitalize and strengthen the strategic role and activities of the CEPGL, institutional framework is essential for achieving lasting reconciliation between the peoples and countries of the Great Lakes region,” said the head of the EU delegation in Rwanda, Michel Arrion in a statement. The program supports CEPGL as a forum for political dialogue to promote regional economy between the three countries in the region, thereby promoting political reconciliation. The program is specifically designed to strengthen community infrastructure in the economic field of energy, transport and movement of people and goods. In addition, the funding aims to strengthen the strategic role of CEPGL supporting its institutional development. The program, according to the EU, will ensure promoting the potential energy of the community, strengthening cross-border interconnection capacity and proximity of regional strategic dialogue on economic, political and security.

Source: Afrique Avenir