Visit of Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djiboutian Prime Minister, to Andris Piebalgs: signing ceremony
End production: 19/12/2012 First transmission: 19/12/2012
On 19 December 2012, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, received the visit of Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djiboutian Prime Minister, at the European Commission in Brussels. On this occasion, they signed a financial agreement regarding the support of a pioneering renewable energy and water plant in Djibouti. Following the signature, they gave a speech and participated in a questions/answers session on the topic.
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||Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djiboutian Prime Minister, arriving and signing a financial agreement at the European Commission in Brussels.
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in FRENCH) saying that he would like to say a few words in english before the intervention of Dileita Mohamed Dileita
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): I am really very happy about this historic visit of Dileita Mohamed Dileita, his first visit to Brussels, to the European Union. What we have signed I think it is a landmark project that really brings forward the agenda for change that we have agreed as a basis for our development policy. It is a project that addresses two of the most important challenges in whole Africa and also, particularly, in Djibouti. It is its water but to access to water, you need energy, so, it is a renewable energy that needs to be taken. The total cost of the project is 40.5 million Euros. We really would assume to go very fast and rapidly. We will discuss during the meeting when we could potentially inaugurate all this project because I really would like to see that we put the deadlines because we agreed on these deadlines preparing to signing these documents when we met in Rio+20 meeting. So, we have followed exactly the deadlines and I believe we should go for this project the sooner the better because it will encourage us to do similar thing in other parts of the African continent. I also would like to emphasise that Djibouti made a very important support for operation Talanta. It is very much appreciated and we very much commend what the government is doing but it is a one million country and the starting point is extremely low so the government is really doing its utmost and I believe it is a good combination that grants are coming to support government in its good work, good intention and also expectations of the people. Their expectations for a decent life should be as short as possible. Thank you very much Dileita Mohamed Dileita and now the floor is yours.
||Soundbite by Dileita Mohamed Dileita (in FRENCH) thanking Andris Piebalgs and saying that Djibouti and the European Commission are here to show their determination in strengthening their relations, the importance given to these projects. These projects directly concern the people of Djibouti. The issue regarding water is a very important one. The climate is particular in their region so that during the summers, there are a lot of troubles related to water. Today these projects will revive new hopes for the population. He would like to take also the opportunity to thank Andris Piebalgs for his commitment which has been materialised with the signature today. This is a new beginning with the European Union and they want to put the first stone together in these projects in February. He would like to invite officially Andris Piebalgs to this purpose.
||Questions/ answers session in presence of Andris Piebalgs and Dileita Mohamed Dileita