Participation of Andris Piebalgs at the Mali Donors Conference
End production: 29/01/2013 First transmission: 29/01/2013
On 29 January 2013, at a donor conference on Mali hosted by the African Union in Addis Ababa, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, representing the European Union, confirmed the contribution of €50 million from the European Union to support the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA).
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||General atmosphere prior the conference
||Dioncounda Traoré, President of Mali ad interim
||Handshake between Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Johnnie Carson, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
||General view of the conference
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in FRENCH) saying that today as yesterday, the European Union is in solidarity with the people of Mali. They hope that this great country, with a history of several thousand years, goes back to the model of democracy and development that it has been until recently and remains a model of tolerance.
The rapid deterioration of the situation in recent weeks has been a threat to the very existence of Mali.
To this end, he is pleased to announce that the European Union will allocate 50 million euros for the AFISMA through the Peace Facility for Africa.
In terms of logistics, the military structures of the European Union have established a "Clearing House" designed to increase logistics capacity in place for these Member States in favour of AFISMA.
Finally, as direct support to the Malian army, they will deploy in February the European Commission "EU Training Mission" to strengthen its training, advice and restructure.
It is also a message of hope that he just delivers beyond support AFISMA.
They are committed, and they discussed recently with the authorities of Mali, to support their efforts to end the crisis and to restore democratic institutions. He welcomes in this regard the recent adoption of the Roadmap by the Malian government.
The resumption of development cooperation, amounting to EUR 250M, is especially for the population to again have access to basic services, health, education and water.
The efforts of the European Union on the humanitarian never stopped on the ground, as evidenced by the recent visit of his colleague Kristalina Georgieva in Bamako. They are more than ever attentive to the evolution of the situation.
Their commitment to Mali and the entire region is a long-term commitment.
On February 11, with the European Ministers of Development, they will review the findings of the assessment mission needs in Bamako at this time, to develop a coordinated program of support for Mali, profit for its population and the political process.
Africans, Europeans, Malians, they all face the challenge of security, stability and development in Mali and the Sahel (20 shots)