Top EU Officials Head to Lesotho, Southeast Asia

    European Union development commissioner Andris Piebalgs is set to arrive Sept. 12 in Lesotho, where he is expected to announce a €15 million aid package to support local water and sanitation initiatives.

    While in Lesotho, Piebalgs is scheduled to meet with representatives of the African country to discuss development cooperation, political relations and governance. The commissioner’s visit comes amid Lesotho’s preparations for local and parliamentary elections next year.

    Meanwhile, EU aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva would be heading to Southeast Asia for an official visit to Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia. During her visit, she is expected to tackle the bloc’s humanitarian aid operations in the region as well as discuss disaster preparedness and response management with officials of the three countries.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.