Brussels — The European Commission has released almost €140 million to finance five development projects for the Republic of Guinea. Following inclusive and peaceful elections held on 28 September 2013, the European Union was able to resume full cooperation with the country and release the funds from the 10th EDF (European Development Fund) (2008‑2013).
The funds will be used to support the Government's efforts in promoting good governance, protecting human rights and improving mobility and road infrastructure.
'The European Union is committed to supporting the Guinean Government's efforts in finding its way back to sustainable and fair growth. The success of the projects planned for the benefit of the population is guaranteed by the strengthening of national capabilities and a participatory approach' stated Andris Piebalgs, Member of the European Commission in charge of Development.
Mr Piebalgs and Mr Kerfalla YANSANE, the Republic of Guinea's State Minister for Economy and Finance, will today formally sign five projects in Brussels:
Support Project for the Transport Sector (PAST): The objective of the PAST project (€83 million) is to provide sustained improvement to the level of service of the road network, to promote reform of the rules and organisation of road transport and to integrate land-use and town development considerations in policy-making and transport planning.
This project will also make it possible to upgrade the national road network between Kissidougou and Guéckédou, thereby opening up the forest region, which is one of Guinea's agricultural and mining hubs.
Programme to support justice sector reform (PARJU): The PARJU programme (€20 million) supports the Government's efforts in promoting democratic principles and respect for human rights, in particular as regards justice and the fight against impunity in the Republic of Guinea. Among other things, it will enable access to a high-quality public service in the field of justice and reform of the prison system.
Programme to support reforms in the security sector - strand 2: This programme (€15 million) is the second strand of the PARSS. Its main objective is to support the Government's efforts with regard to consolidating the rule of law, governance, promoting democratic principles and protecting human rights. The programme aims, in particular, to help set up and maintain a peaceful social, economic and political climate by improving the country's security.
Programme to support the Reform of Public Finances (PARFIP): The objective of the PARFIP programme (€12 million) is to contribute to improving economic and financial governance. The programme will make it possible to strengthen the State's financial 'accountability' system, improve internal revenue and strengthen the institutional capabilities of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance.
Programme of sectoral support to decentralisation and devolution (PASDD): The objective of this programme (€10 million) is to bring the State's services closer to citizens by supporting the implementation of the 'Lettre de Politique Nationale de Décentralisation et de Développement Local' ('National policy letter for decentralisation and devolution') and its action plan, and by promoting local democracy.
Cooperation with Guinea had been suspended following the coup in December 2008 (except for humanitarian and emergency aid, direct assistance to the population and measures to accompany the democratic transition).
Following the 2010 presidential election, the road map for emerging from the crisis was amended and the European Union gradually resumed its cooperation with the Republic of Guinea by releasing the balance of the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) and emergency funds.
After the Independent National Electoral Commission sent a detailed timetable for holding legislative elections, the European Union and the Republic of Guinea signed the Country Strategy Paper and the National Indicative Programme (NIP) of the 10th EDF on 21 December 2012 in Brussels and released additional funds for direct assistance to the population (in the sectors of water, health and support to civil society) for a total of €34.4 million (which is 20% of the NIP).
The balance of the 10th EDF National Indicative Programme (€139.9 million), which had been frozen for several years, was released following the inclusive and peaceful legislative elections held on 28 September 2013. Resuming these projects has meant that it has been possible to put the whole of the 10th EDF allocated to Guinea to use: €174.3 million in programmable aid and €61.5 million in emergency aid.