Today, the European Commission launched two new programmes to enhance security and boost the infrastructure development in the region.
One support programme, worth €20 million, will improve the regional governance of key infrastructure such as road and air transport, energy, IT and communication. Removing infrastructure barriers in this way can increase currently limited trade capacities and reduce related instabilities. In turn, improving transport connections and promoting peaceful and inclusive development can positively impact the development agenda in Central Africa.
The second programme, worth €10 million, will support the region's maritime security. It will do so by reinforcing the institutional, legal and operational framework for cross-border maritime cooperation in the region.
In addition, the European Commission signed two contracts with the African Development Bank to support transport infrastructure projects in border areas between Yagoua (Cameroon) and Bongor (Chad) and Bamenda (Cameroon) and Enugu (Nigeria).
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica welcomed the agreements and said: "The initiatives launched today, worth €30 million in total will help address some of the key challenges in the Central Africa region. By enhancing regional cooperation on security and improving cross-border transport infrastructure we can promote business development, boost cross-border trade – and thereby assist the development of the region to the benefit of all."
The EU projects "Support Programme to the Regional and National Infrastructures Governance in Central Africa" (PAGIRN, EUR 20 million) and "Support Programme to the Maritime Security Strategy in Central Africa" (PASSMAR, EUR 10 million) are financed under the Regional Indicative Programme for Central Africa, which supports the region in key sectors. These include peace and security, economic integration, as well as investments and sustainable management of natural resources – to the benefit of the region, the countries and the population of Central Africa.