Budget support for Mayotte to boost the economy and livelihoods
Two financing agreements under the 10th EDF will assist the economic and social development of Mayotte, one of the EU’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
President of Mayotte, Daniel Zaidani, signs a financing agreement with the European Commission Director for East and Southern Africa, Francesca Mosca. - © EC Francesco Calledda
At a signing ceremony in Brussels on 5 March, Francesca Mosca, the European Commission’s Director for East and Southern Africa, said that agreement on a €22.9 million general budget support programme for Mayotte signalled the EU’s confidence in the development plans of the Indian Ocean island.
Mayotte, which became France’s 101st department in April 2011, is just 374 sq. kilometres but has a population of 212,000. The development plan of the government led by Daniel Zaïdani aims to boost the economy, livelihoods, improve sanitation and encourages protection of the environment. Specific priorities include: rural electrification, the introduction of a public transport system and upgrading of roads and their improved maintenance.
Further, a €3 million programme marine conservation programme will enhance scientific knowledge and techniques and the management of protected zones.
In return, Mayotte has committed to good financial management and several reforms. President Zaïdani said that the funding would help the country overcome budgetary difficulties and support the island in preparing to become an outermost region of the EU from 1 January 2014.
The president said that the first signs of improvement in the economy were now surfacing, a budget surplus having been recorded last year after six years of deficit.
For more on EU relations with Mayotte see site of EU Delegation to Mauritius:
For general information on the EU’s relations with the OCTS see: