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EU ’s support for Africa to hit 1 . 1 b euro

The European Commission said it would support the
West African region with about 1 . 15 billion euros,
approximately $ 1 . 27 billion between now and the
year 2020 .

In a statement issued by the Commission in Brussels ,
the EU said ‘ the programme ’ under the 11 th European
Development Fund would focus on peace and
security , regional economic integration and trade, and
sustainable development of natural resources and
biodiversity .

It quoted European Commissioner for International
Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica , as
saying that the signing of the funding agreement was
the “ ambitious starting point for preparing new,
concrete projects . ”

It said the new funding doubled the support from the
last programming period .

The previous regional programme which ran between
2008 and 2013 for West Africa had a budget of 595
million euros.

According the press statement , 16 countries benefit
from the EU - West Africa regional indicative
programme , namely Benin, Burkina Faso , Cape
Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire , The Gambia , Ghana and Guinea .

Others are Guinea - Bissau , Liberia , Mali, Mauritania ,
Niger , Nigeria , Senegal , Sierra Leone and Togo .

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