Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 October 2014

EU announces €3 billion of development support to the Horn of Africa region


EU announces €3 billion of development support to the Horn of Africa region


BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, October 27, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today, the EU has confirmed that it will support the wider region of the Horn of Africa with a total of €3 billion until 2020, primarily coming from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The largest share of this will be channelled through bilateral funding to Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya; parts will also go to regional organisations. EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, commented: “The EU stands ready to further deepen its long-standing partnership with the Horn of Africa – helping to build robust and accountable political structures, enhancing trade and economic cooperation, financing peace keeping activities and providing humanitarian assistance and development cooperation. Our support will help the people of the Greater Horn on their path to much needed peace, stability, resilience and growth.” The comprehensive approach of the EU in the region covers for instance support to better connections between countries within the Horn of Africa region (e.g. transport, energy); support to the state building process in Somalia and the African peace keeping force AMISOM, as well as training of Somali security forces; fighting piracy in the Western Indian Ocean through an EU naval force (EU NAVFOR – Atalanta).



European Commission


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