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Piebalgs in Djibouti to discuss financial agreement plan

Ismail Omar Guelleh

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Piebalgs: ‘The Commission wants to support Djibouti’s people’

On 5 July, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will arrive in Djibouti to meet President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Prime Minister Dileita, and seven other government members.

During his meeting with government officials, Piebalgs will discuss issues of governance and strengthened co-operation between the EU and Djibouti, particularly in the areas of energy, water and sanitation. Exchanges will also cover more general topics of poverty alleviation and how the Millennium Development Goals can be achieved in Djibouti.

There have alfready been several EU projects in Djibouti – following a drought in 2008-09 the Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), supported the nutrition sector with a €500,000 grant to UNICEF and €1.2 million to the World Food Programme. Furthermore, €300,000 was allocated to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for emergency subsistence assistance for the pastoral population affected by the drought and €1 million has been allocated by the Commission for humanitarian aid actions in Djibouti for 2011.
The 9th and 10th European Development Fund foresees €63.7 million aid for the period 2000-2013. EU projects in the country include the rehabilitation of the Route Nationale 1, which links the port of Djibouti to Ethiopia and a project in a densely populated part of the capital has established a water-supply network and sewerage facilities to improve sanitary conditions and access to clean water. Recently, the Commission has signed a financing agreement for a project that will reinforce the electrical power interconnection between Ethiopia and Djibouti, to improve access to renewable energy and reduce the costs of electricity.
Djibouti is a small, semi-presidental republic in north-east Africa with natural resources and little industry, so is thus heavily dependent on foreign assistance to help support its balance of payments and to finance development projects. An unemployment rate of 40% to 50% continues to be a major problem.
On 18th February 2011, an estimated 30,000 Djiboutians joined the Arab world protests, demanding that President Guelleh step down. The ‘Day of Rage’ protest, scheduled for 25 February, was however easily contained by security forces and the government has deployed heavily armed police forces across the country and blocked protestors from gathering in the capital city. However, the impact of the protest lingers on in the day-to-day activities of the government.
Prior to his departure, Commissioner Piebalgs said: “Djibouti is an important player in the Horn of Africa, which has clearly demonstrated its commitment to peace and stability in the region. The Commission wants to support its people in addressing the main challenges of the coming years, such as access to affordable and green energy and water supply. In the course of 2011, we plan to sign financing agreements worth €22 million.”
In addition to his meetings with government representatives, Piebalgs will hold exchanges with the executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is a regional organisation in the Horn of Africa and will also carry out visits to a number of EU projects in Djibouti.

Read more: Piebalgs in Djibouti to discuss financial agreement plan – New Europe http://www.neurope.eu/articles/Piebalgs-in-Djibouti-to-discuss-financial-agreement-plan/107510.php#ixzz1RGiOz37L

About labo22

Hi, this is Labaale your average concerned citizen of Horn of Africa, we’re really worried about the stability of this war torn region, we have the worst dictators from around the world, ironically supported by the Western Countries supposedly the advocators of democracy, transparency, good governance and human Right, If regime change is really needed this is the place to start, we have no short of rootless dictators from MELES Zenawi of Ethiopia,ISMAIL Guelleh of Djibouti,RAYAALE Kahin of self-declared Somaliland and ISAIAS Afwerk of Eritrea.


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