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Belgian Emergency Aid for Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after passage of cyclone Idai

The Belgian government expresses its sympathy to the affected populations of the three countries

The passage of the tropical cyclone Idai and the floods that accompanied it caused an enormous havoc in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It is one of the most devastating storms affecting Southern Africa in recent history, with probably more than a thousand victims. The Belgian government expresses its sympathy to…

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Belgium supports fight against corruption linked to wildlife and forest crimes in Africa

Fighting environmental corruption supports ecosystems and biodiversity for the current generation, but also for those of tomorrow

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Minister of Defense Didier Reynders signed this morning in the Egmont Palace in Brussels a commitment for an amount of two million euros to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This commitment will benefit a fund…

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Alexander De Croo signs new cooperation agreement with Guinea

The first cooperation agreement worth 15 million euro, started in 2016 and will end in 2019

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Development Alexander De Croo signed today a new five-year cooperation programme with the Republic of Guinea. Belgium and Guinea will work together in the coming five years on strengthening entrepreneurship, women's rights and education. After successfully containing the Ebola crisis, Guinea became a…

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Enabel's climate conference focuses on tackling climate change in African cities

More than 170 participants from Belgium and from abroad will debate on plans to integrate climate change into the development strategies of secondary cities

“We have to tackle climate change at home, but we must certainly not forget the poorest countries. They are the biggest victims of climate change.” That is the message of Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and of Enabel director Jean Van Wetter. Today and tomorrow, the Belgian development…

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Belgium invests more than 9 million EUR in humanitarian aid for the Lake Chad region

Given the chronic and prolonged nature of their needs, Belgium has also selected the Lake Chad Region for transitional development support linking humanitarian aid to development cooperation

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo reaffirms Belgium’s support for the humanitarian response in the lake Chad Basin. In the margins of the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin, the Minister notes that Belgium invests more than 9 million EUR in…

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Bilateral political dialogue between Belgium and Rwanda

Among the topics addressed during the open exchanges were commercial and economic diplomacy, human rights, judicial cooperation as well as other aspects of the bilateral relationship

A bilateral consultation by high-level civil servants of the Republic of Rwanda and the Kingdom of Belgium took place this 24 May 2018 in the framework of the permanent political dialogue initiated by the two countries in 2015. This consultation was the first of its kind at that level and…

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Burundi : Reaction of Minister Reynders to the referendum

Belgium regrets the lack of transparency of the process of the revision of the Constitution

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses strong concern following the referendum of 17th May on the revision of the Constitution of Burundi, the results of which were announced on Monday.   Both the majority and the opposition were eventually allowed to campaign during the official…

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#DigitalForDevelopment: Alexander De Croo on a tech mssion to Kenya

Alexander De Croo will be accompanied by 40 Belgian startups, companies and NGOs

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo will be heading on a two day mission for Kenya, Africa’s “Silicon Savannah” . He will be accompanied by Startups.be and Close the Gap. Nairobi is one of the most important tech hubs in Africa with…

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Belgium opens 4 new embassies in Africa: Benin, Guinea, Mali and Niger

The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the rang of embassy as of today

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announce the opening of 4 new Belgian embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to…

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Reaction to the announcement by the DRC on the relationships with Belgium

Belgium underlines that, through its decisions, visits and presence locally, she mostly attends to the Congolese population

The Belgian government takes note of the announcement by the Congolese authorities of measures concerning the Belgian development agency Enabel as well as the Schengen house in Kinshasa. Belgium regrets this announcement which threatens to prevent the Enabel agency to operate directly and significantly in favour of the Congolese population,…