The European Union has approved €125 million ($177 million) worth of new initiatives for Ivory Coast in the areas of vocational training, health, transportation, public finance management and the strengthening of civil society organizations.
To be supported under the 10th European Development Fund, the five new projects approved include:
€70 million for the transport sector, to strengthen road maintenance and rehabilitate the main road linking Ivory Coast to Ghana.
€25 million for vocational training and youth integration, including rehabilitation of vocational training centers.
€15 million for revitalizing the health sector, to improve basic health care and access to essential drugs.
€11 million for financial and institutional governance, to improve the statistical system and the Ivorian budget system.
€4 million for supporting civil society organizations, to improve citizen involvement in establishing democracy and in the process of national reconciliation.
These initiatives adopted July 20 are the second part of a €180 million EU aid package to support Ivory Coast’s economic and national recovery following a recent political crisis. In May of this year, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs signed the first agreements worth €44 million involving three projects in the sectors of agriculture and justice reform.
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