The EU-Sierra Leone Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme

Programme

Broad-based economic growth, which can deliver employment, raise incomes, reduce inequality and increase Government's domestic revenue, is critical to Sierra Leone’s future. This objective forms the backbone of the Government of Sierra Leone's Poverty Reduction Strategy, known as the "Agenda for Change".

The European Commission's cooperation programme with Sierra Leone will contribute to this objective by supporting - among other things - the Government's effort to modernise the country's infrastructures, to improve the governance environment and by supporting social services delivery to the population. The Country Strategy Paper for Sierra Leone , which presents the strategic framework for our cooperation, is a joint undertaking of the European Commission and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).

Our cooperation with the Government of Sierra Leone will focus on good governance and institutional support as well as the rehabilitation of priority infrastructure. The aim is to contribute to the creation of an institutional framework enabling sustainable economic and social development and to promote pro-poor sustainable growth for food security and job creation.

The EC will continue to provide general budget support to help the Government of Sierra Leone in its efforts to reduce poverty. Overall, the EC has earmarked €90 million of its funds for these purposes. This allocation also includes support envisaged for the reform of public finance management.

Additional activities will focus on agricultural development and support for the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as well as on regional integration programmes for trade, environment, agriculture, fisheries and health.

The multi-annual indicative programme for Sierra Leone under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) amounts to €268.4 million to address these priorities.

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