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Niger visit marks Mogherini’s first Sub-Saharan Africa trip

21/09/2015 - 00:00
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Tackling poverty, youth unemployment, climate change and the fight against terrorism were discussed when EU foreign affairs Chief Federica Mogherini visited Niger last week in her first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Frederica Mogherini in Niger

Also on the agenda were the migration emergency, in view of the upcoming Valletta summit in November, EU development projects and the general situation in the Sahel.

During her visit she met with Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and Foreign Minister Aichatou Boulama Kane.

Mrs Mogherini also visited the EU civilian mission which supports Niger's internal security forces in their fight against terrorism and organised crime (EUCAP SAHEL Niger) and a cultural development project dedicated to women.

EU has decided to strengthen cooperation with Niger on migration, security and development through "High Level Dialogues". Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad are also the focus of such talks.

Current cooperation is through the National Indicative Plan 2014-2020 which amounts to EUR 596 million. The four priority sectors are:

  1. food security and resilience,
  2. state capacity-building to implement social policies,
  3. security, governance and peace-building, and
  4. the opening up of regions affected by insecurity and the risk of conflict.

 

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