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Thursday, 17 February 2011

West Africa: EU gives region 597 million euros

Under the 10th European Development Fund 2008-2013, the European Union has allocated a total of 597 million Euros to support the regional integration process in West Africa. Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Ramanski, disclosed this during the signing of joint border post between EU and ECOWAS in Abuja. He said the allocation is part of EU support to West Africa's regional activities in the transport area under the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) 2000-2007. In addition, the project also supports capacity building at ECOWAS and UEMOA and participation of Non-State Actors in transport facilitation issues adding that EU also allocated another total sum of 677 million Euros in support to Nigeria for the same period. "EU allocated a total of 82 million Euros to support Transport Facilitation Projects in West Africa. These funds support various activities in the Road, Railways, Maritime, and Aviation sectors with a view to facilitating the free movement of persons and strengthening intra-regional trade," he said.

Source: AllAfrica