Visit of Andris Piebalgs to Burundi: extracts from the press briefing
End production: 22/02/2013 First transmission: 22/02/2013
On 22 February 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, was in visit in Burundi.
Andris Piebalgs announced an €18 million new project on food security for the benefit of around 20 000 households and to treat 80 000 undernourished children in the country. He also launched a second project, worth €50 million, to provide access to sustainable energy for a million of Burundi's citizens, particularly for those living in rural areas.
This video shows extracts of the press briefing given by the Commissioner.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Cutaways of a beach in Burundi (2 shots)
||Exterior view of the EU Residence in Bujumbura
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development (in FRENCH) saying that, during this two-day visit, he had the opportunity to meet with the President of Burundi, the second Vice-President and the Ministers for Finance, Agriculture and Health; he also had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the international community, the CNIDH and civil society; he, of course, wanted to make several visits on the ground; he went to the site of the old central market; accompanied by the Deputy Director of UNDP and the second Vice-President of Burundi, he was able to see the magnitude of the catastrophe; faced with this human but also economic tragedy, the European Union stands with the Burundian people; the European Union will help the country with up to 5 million euro; this contribution will support the affected merchants and help rebuild the market.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in FRENCH) saying that his visit confirms the need to invest massively in the field of energy in Burundi and throughout the Great Lakes Region; when he met with President Nkurunziza and Ministers, he pointed out that the lack of access to energy in Burundi hinders trade, growth and development; the European Union has allocated 50 million euro to provide access to sustainable energy for one million Burundians; this new initiative will include rural electrification, the construction of small and medium hydroelectric plants and measures to strengthen the energy infrastructure.