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Thursday, 13 December 2018

The launching ceremony of the rehabilitation works of the N1 between Batshamba and Tshikapa was held on Friday 30th May. These rehabilitation works are carried out by Arab Contractors, an Egyptian company, on funding from the European Union. The total budget for the funding agreement is 113, 700 millions Euros.  The rehabilitation works of national road N1 Batshamba-Loange bridge section should last 30 months.

Guinea and its partners signed a general organizational framework on budget support and technical assistance in the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and of the reform plan on public finances (PREFIP). The EU Ambassador in Guinea, Philipe Van Damme, said that “the new law on public finances contains provisions whose implementation requires new ways of doing things.”

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The British government decided to end direct budget support to Mozambique. The British High Commissioner in Maputo, Joanna Kuenssberg said that Britain had donated over a billion US dollars to Mozambique during the last decade but would end its direct contributions to the state budget.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is examining the possibility of extending loans to Zimbabwe’s private sector. According to Diederick Zambon, head for the African, Caribbean and Pacific region (ACP), the bank will not decide to lend directly to the government until the issue of more than 300 million Euros in remaining arrears is resolved.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) are expected to conclude a major joint declaration on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the upcoming Summit in Nairobi. The chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, Dr Diodorus Kamala, added that they would also possibly take a joint position on private sector development in ACP countries.

The new French legislation on development aid policy aims to create a unique structure to oversee the country's international technical expertise. Budget cuts mean government will shift emphasis to “coherence and efficiency,” EurActiv France reports. The new act on "development policy and international solidarity" was passed by a large majority in the French Senate on May 27. The law, which had already been approved by Parliament in February, outlines French policies on development at a time when public funding for development aid is under great financial pressure.

The planned US-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has come up against intense criticism from both sides of the Atlantic. Now development officials have joined the choir, and are warning that the agreement will undermine the UN's post-2015 development agenda. "We must not make the mistake of discussing SDGs and setting targets on the one hand, while simultaneously concluding a trade agreement which contradicts all of these", said Stefan Rebmann, a parliamentarian from the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will visit Madagascar on June 11-13 to confirm the resumption of development cooperation with the country and launch the discussions on the programming of EU funding for the period 2014-2020. The visit will contribute to mark the return to normality in the EU-Madagascar relations, following the end of the political crisis in the country.

Spain will grant 28 million euros to Mauritania between 2014 and 2017 according to a new compromise signed on 5 June by Spain and Mauritania’s Foreign Ministers, José Manuel García-Margallo and Ahmed Ould Teguedi. Mauritania is considered a priority partner country for Madrid. The funding  will be allocated to governance, rural development, food safety programmes and health initiatives.

The European Union agreed to an additional grant of 80 million Euros for the creation of jobs in the four States of the Niger Delta region, Nigeria.  The Nigerian Minister of National Planning, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, said at the local launch of the project to boost job creation in the States - a project whose full implementation in other States has already begun. The SEEFOR project (States’ Employment and Expenditure for Results) will be funded by a loan of 200 million USD from the World Bank.