The Cotonou Agreement signed on 23 June 2000 between the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and the ACP Group (the African, Caribbean and Pacific States), on the other, The aim is to reduce and, eventually, eradicate poverty and gradually integrate the ACP countries into the world economy. It is in this context that the EDF National Authorizing Officer is assigned the implementation and monitoring of programs and projects financed by the European Union. Thus, in 2014, a ministerial decree created the COFED - Support Unit for the National Authorizing Officer of the European Development Fund.
COFED is therefore mandated to ensure the implementation of the European Development Fund. As such, the cell has the task of:
Assist the EDF National Authorizing Officer in the management of the resources granted to the DRC by the European Union and the European Investment Bank;
Coordinate, with technical ministries and civil society organizations, work on programming, regular monitoring, annual, mid-term and final reviews of the implementation of EU-DRC cooperation;
Participate in the training and development of national and regional projects and programs;
Prepare the tender documents, publish them and submit the award proposals to the DUE;
Ensure the liquidation and the scheduling of the expenditure within the limit of the available resources;
Provide institutional and legal support to the project owners and project managers of the various programs;
Lead, in collaboration with the DUE, the visibility actions of the various projects and programs financed by the latter.