Visit of Andris Piebalgs and Louis Michel to Nigeria (3rd part)
End production: 11/09/2008 First transmission: 11/09/2008
Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, made an official visit to Nigeria from 9 to 11 September 2008. They held talks with government authorities and others on various issues of common interest, concentrating on the Africa/EU energy partnership.
On 10 September 2008, both Louis Michel and Andris Piebalgs met with Ojo Maduekwe, Nigerian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Louis Michel went on to meet Dimeji Bankole, Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, and David Mark, President of the Nigerian Senate.
On 11 September 2008, Andris Piebalgs attended the opening day of the West African Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) conference. Louis Michel met with Mohammed Sanusi Daggash, Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian National Planning Commission, and attended the signing of three European Development Fund Projects which represent a significant effort in the areas of Niger Delta, non State actors and good governance at State level. Louis Michel also gave a short press conference.
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||General view of the city of Abuja
||Abuja City Gate (2 shots)
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, at the West African Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) conference at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) building in Abuja
||General view of the conference (7 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that energy is a crucial area where Africa and Europe share important mutual interests and face similar challenges; that is why he is extremely pleased with the agreement reached during the EU/Africa Summit in December 2007 on the establishment of the new EU/Africa Energy Partnership, as part of the EU/Africa Joint Strategy; this partnership is a two way process between equal partners; the agreed objectives of this partnership reflect the energy challenges; access to energy and energy security, scaling up investment in energy infrastructure, including promotion of renewable energy solutions and energy efficiency, amplifying the development orientated use of oil and gas revenues and promoting transparency and good governance
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Mark Malloch Brown, British Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, (in ENGLISH) saying that this region, and this country particularly, stand at the centre of the resource crunch that the world now faces, as rising energy prices press heavily on resource extraction issues, where there is a scramble to command these resources globally like we have not seen perhaps ever before; and therefore more need than ever for EITI and for its representation in the ECOWAS sub region
||Cutaway: conference sign
||Exterior view of Hilton Hotel Abuja
||Signing of three European Development Fund Projects with Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Mohammed Sanusi Daggash, Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian National Planning Commission (7 shots)
||Louis Michel (in ENGLISH) saying that they have talked a lot about power, electricity, renewable energy, also the best way to make sustainable development with the oil resources; he has to say honestly that the way in which the authorities have received them and have also entered in a very frank and sincere and honest and promising exchange of views, opens the way for a very strong partnership in the following months and years
||Cutaway of press
||Louis Michel ending the press conference (2 shots)
||View of Abuja