Presidents Barroso and Hollande host the donors conference "Together for a New Mali"
President José Manuel Barroso on Wednesday hosted a donors' conference to support the development of Mali. Mali is at the heart of the crisis of security and development affecting the Sahel region.
The high-level donor international donor conference mobilised and coordinated support from the whole international community for Mali’s development.
Outcomes of the conference revealed strong support for Mali's recovery strategy with financial commitments of the international community amounting up to € 3.25 billion. The European Union will allocate € 1.35 billion to Mali, of which € 523.9 million comes from the European Commission.
Ten Heads of African States and more than 100 worldwide delegations attended conference. President Barroso said he was delighted to see the positive results of the conference, including the genuine solidarity and generosity of the international community. "By securing the pledged aid required by the country to achieve its development priorities, the international community has sent a strong signal that, collectively, we can feel proud of", the President said.
In the margins of the Conference, the European Commission signed four financing agreements with the government of Mali, regarding water supply and support to the Mali's administration, for a total of € 300 million. The European Commission also signed a € 15 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme to support the organisation of credible, inclusive and transparent presidential and legislative elections, which is priority number one of the Mali Transitions Roadmap.
Also in the margins of the Conference, President Barroso met with Mr Thomas Yayi Boni, President of Benin; Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast and President of the Economic Community of West African States; Mr Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo; Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger; Mr Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of Mauritania; and Mr Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso.