The European Union (EU) Thursday signed a national indicative programme with Sao Tome and Principe to provide aid of 28 million euros from the European Development fund (ADF) for the 2014-2020 period, according to a announcement made in Brussels.
As well as Sao Tome and Principe – where the funding will be used for water and sanitation, and sustainable agriculture projects – the European Development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, signed programmes with another 15 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) regions.
National indicative programmes (NIP) are signed within the scope of European Union aid programmes provided by the EDF.
In 2013 EU member states agreed a figure of 29.1 billion euros in total development aid to be provided to 78 countries from the ACP regions as part of the 11th EDF in the 2014-2020 period.
At a ceremony held in Nairobi, on the sidelines of the meeting of the joint Council of Ministers of ACP countries and the EU, NIPs were signed with Botswana, the Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Suriname, as well as Sao Tome and Principe. (macauhub/ST)