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Monday, 25 July 2011

Ivory Coast: EU launches five programmes for economic recovery

The European Union adopted five programmes for 125 million euros to Ivory Coast. These programmes are intended to support the areas of vocational training, health, transportation, public finance management and the strengthening of civil society organisations.

"In line with commitments I made to President Ouattara during my visit to Abidjan on 6 May, the EU is and will remain a key partner to support the Ivorian authorities in the country's economic recovery and national reconciliation. Our support reflects the priorities defined by the Ivorian authorities and are areas where the EU can have a quick added value," said Mr Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development.

The five projects will be funded by the 10th European Development Fund. They include:

  • Support to the transport sector (€ 70 million) that will strengthen road maintenance and the rehabilitation of the poor surface of the main road in the country linking the Ivory Coast to Ghana, contributing to the flow of trade at national and regional levels.
  • Support for generating vocational training and youth integration through the development of employment-oriented training schemes (€ 25 million). Several vocational training centres will be rehabilitated and equipped.
  • A programme to revitalise the health sector, to improve basic health care and improve access of poor populations to essential drugs (€ 15 million).
  • A programme to support financial and institutional governance, including actions to improve the statistical system and to reform the Ivorian budget system to be results-orientated(€ 11 million).
  • A programme to support civil society organisations, especially representing women and young people (€ 4 million). This programme will help to improve citizen involvement in establishing democracy, including at the local level, and in the process of national reconciliation.

Source: European Commission