Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 June 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UN – AU collaboration / Launch of six projects financed by AU





Côte d’Ivoire / UN – AU collaboration / Launch of six projects financed by AU



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A ceremony to launch six Quick Impact Projects (QIPS) financed by the African Union (AU) through the Basket Fund of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), estimated at a cost of $100,000, took place on 2 June 2010 at the AU Liaison Office in Abidjan. The projects will be implemented by the Civil Affairs Section of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).


The projects include the rehabilitation of a primary school in Commikro3 in the Dimbokro district, the purchase and installation of two grinding mills for women’s groups in Korhogo, and the rehabilitation and equipping of a primary school in Gbon 1 in Kouto district, near Boundiali. Other projects concerns those in Gregbeu in Zoukougbeu district, near Daloa, where three water pumps will be installed, the reconstruction of the Koutrou market in Kouibly district in the west of the country and the construction of a gazebo at the Lycee Mamie Houphouet Fetai in Bingerville, near Abidjan.


The Special Representative of the President of the AU Commission, Ambroise Nyonsaba, said the AU support can be explained by the fact that “the AU is operating in perspective of the post-crisis period of consolidation of peace and reconstruction.” According to Mr. Nyongsaba: “It is aimed at encouraging Ivorian efforts to return to normality, re-launch employment and the local economy as well as demonstrate to the population the benefits of peace and stability.”


He stressed that the projects, submitted and identified by experienced teams of experts, respond to the definition of QIPs and will be implemented as soon as finances are available, which should be soon. He announced that the projects would be executed by UNOCI, which has a mechanism for carrying out projects throughout the country.


For his part, the Resident Representative of UNDP, Andre Carvalho, thanked the AU for its contribution to the Basket Fund for the crisis-resolution process in Côte d’Ivoire. “These funds would make it possible to support in a significant way, the programme for resolving the national crisis whose ultimate aim is to contribute to the consolidation of peace, so that Côte d’Ivoire can get back on the road to peace and development.”


The director of the Civil Affairs section, Cecelia Piazza said the projects could be accomplished, as usual, within a time frame of three months as soon as the funds are made available.



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