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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Gambia: EU a True Partner in Development

The government of The Gambia considers the European Union a true partner in development, as over the years, the financial support provided by the Union has enabled the country to implement its development programmes, said the Gambian Foreign Affairs minister, Susan Waffa-Ogoo, speaking recently at a reception to commemorate Europe Day.
Further acknowledging EU as a development partner, the Foreign minister said The Gambia government is appreciative of the various interventions of the EU in forms of budgetary support. "Also through the drainage, sanitation and waste management, EU MDG Initiative, The Gambia's Emergency Agricultural Project and assistance to mitigate the challenges of crop failure of 2011, the EU has enormously contributed to the efforts of the government of The Gambia towards improving the living standards of Gambians," she remarked.
The European Union, she went on, is by far the largest donor to The Gambia, either through the European Development Fund or via bilateral assistance provided by member states.
Currently the next allocation of EU cooperation funding in Gambia under the next European Development Fund, which will run from 2014-2020 is being discussed, but it is expected to focus on agricultural development, food security, infrastructure, good governance and environment.

The Gambia’s relations with the EU are based on political dialogue under the Cotonou Agreement, trade and development assistance.

Source: allAfrica