Visit of Andris Piebalgs, to Mali: 05/11/2013
On 5 November 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, travelled to Bamako, Mali, in the framework of the announcement of a significant new EU funding of €5 billion for the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad) for the period 2014 and 2020.
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||United Nations (UN) flag
||Welcome banner to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, at the International Conference Centre in Bamako, Mali
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, at the International Conference Centre
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in FRENCH) saying that the crisis affecting Mali in 2012 and 2013 and being overcome gradually with determination, gave another illustration of its seriousness regarding security and development that affects the Sahel-Saharan region as a whole .In this extremely dangerous context for the regional and international stability, the European Union gave its support to Mali.
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in FRENCH) saying that Europe is ready to join the states in the region, the competent regional and continental organisations and to support the United Nations in this important coordination exercise.During the period 2014-2020, the EU will allocate nearly EUR 5 billion for development in the Sahel.In the countries of the region, the main sectors identified with the government are those of the Governance, the reform of the state, the rule of law and security, agriculture and food security, social services with particular attention to resilience.In conclusion, he can assure that the European Union will continue to be a highly engaged actor with the Sahelian countries, the regional and international organisations. Their constant and even increased financial support for this region can attest of it.Thank you for your attention.
||Arrival of Ban Ki-moon to the round table
||Soundbite by Ban Ki-moon (in ENGLISH): the Sahel still faces many challenges. We have been working together and making progress in each of your countries. But the challenges of the region respect no borders and neither should our solutions. That is why we have launched a strategy to connect our efforts across issues and the region as a whole. The joint visit of our five institutions is a symbol of our commitment. We are here to express our solidarity through words and to show it through action. I am pleased that our visit has already mobilized more than $8 billion in new investments in development. I salute the World Bank and the European Union for the combined commitments announced yesterday. This is exactly what we want and we are ready to work with all of you in the region.
||Ban Ki-moon leaving the International Conference Centre
||Genera view of Bamako
||UN and EU flags