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Monday, 11 July 2011

Dicussion between Henri de Raincourt and German counterpart Dirk Niebel

Mr de Raincourt, Minister for Overseas Development, received Dirk Niebel, German Minister for Overseas Economic Development, on Tuesday 5 July for a working session. Germany is one of France’s closest partners regarding development issues. Together the two countries account for almost 20% of global official development assistance. At the meeting, the ministers exchanged views on current issues in the development sector. They discussed the Franco-German road map for development, first launched in 2003 and thereafter periodically updated. The road map defines the common objectives in overseas development and the sectors that should be targeted: the environment, infrastructure, education and health. They also discussed international topics such as preparations for the G20 development agenda and concrete proposals to stimulate world economic growth in a fair and sustainable way, particularly in countries in the south. The two ministers also referred to the outcomes and follow-up to the G8 summit in Deauville, preparations for the summit in Busan, South Korea, on the effectiveness of aid, as well as promoting innovative funding for development. Berlin has already implemented a number of innovative funding mechanisms, such as the allocation of revenue generated by auctioning quotas on CO2 emissions. Also on the agenda were the European policy on development, and its budgetary prospects, the coordination of aid programmes of member states and its intervention in countries south of the Mediterranean in support of current reforms underway. Germany and France are the top donors to the European Development Fund (EFD), each contributing almost 20% of the total budget. Finally, the ministers discussed regional policies and the possibilities of joint initiatives. One of the questions was the EU strategy for the Sahel region, which was adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council last March and which provides the EU with an approach that combines security issues with development, the terms of European aid in support of the Arab Spring, as well as the Libyan crisis.

Source: French Foreign Ministry