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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

New EU support for Senegal to strengthen food security and access to water

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will announce €347 million of new EU support to Senegal for the period 2014-2020 during a visit to the country on 12-13 of February. In partnership with the government of Senegal the EU will work to strengthen democratic governance, foster sustainable agricultural development and food security and invest in improved water and sanitation.
Ahead of his arrival Commissioner Piebalgs said: “Senegal is an important partner for the EU in West Africa. Our financial support for the coming seven years will be aligned to the government’s strategic priorities and strengthen the country on its path to sustainable development and growth.”
A sanitation and urban rehabilitation programme in the wider area of the capital of Dakar will be launched at the occasion of the Commissioner's visit. This project will contribute to improving the lives of 44,000 people in communities that are undergoing rapid urbanisation. Activities include the rehabilitation of roads and public service infrastructure (such as water and electricity supply), installing storm drainages, sanitation and domestic waste water infrastructure and the organisation of a system of solid waste collection.
During his stay in Senegal Commissioner Piebalgs will meet President Macky Sall and several Ministers as well as representatives of the private sector and members of the Senegalese civil society. He will also visit a number of successful projects of EU-Senegal cooperation in the areas of fisheries and of water and sanitation.
The new financial support of €347 million will be mobilised as part of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) which provides EU support to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in the years 2014-2020.

Source: European Commission