Suva, 7, July 2020 – A new agreement, worth EUR 6 million (Vatu 0.7 billion), was signed today between the European Union (EU) and the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu to improve food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations living in remote and isolated parts of the country. A smaller part of the programme will strengthen the technical capacity of the Government to better coordinate support by development partners.
En primer lugar, me gustaría agradecerle por invitarme a hablar en esta 20ª edición de su foro económico.
Este año, a modo de excepción, el foro se llevará a cabo virtualmente. Y es la naturaleza excepcional de esta crisis COVID-19 lo que deseo abordar primero, estableciendo el contexto para la acción que estamos tratando de tomar a nivel de la UE.
Thank you dear Minister [of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu], thank you for your warm welcome. It is the second time that I am visiting Turkey in the last four months. I have not come more frequently due to the coronavirus. I hope that in the future, once the pandemic will stop imposing constraints, we will be able to increase our contacts, our conversations because we have a lot of things to talk [about], a lot of problems to solve and the common endeavour of improving the relation between Turkey and the European Union.
The European Union is funding a EUR 1.43 million [2.2 billion MMK] project supporting older people and those with disabilities affected by COVID-19 in Myanmar, reaching five million people. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Sports and HelpAge International.