By Mustapha Ceesay
The European Union team in The Gambia has unveiled the Multi-Annual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2021-2027, a new page of support for the country.
The MIP has 3 priority areas, which are: good governance; Green economy for sustainable growth and job creation; and Human Development to be implemented in a seven year period, according to the summary of the programme.
The implementation of the MIP would come in two phases- the first one runs from 2021-2024 and the second is expected to run from 2025-2027.
The first priority aims at promoting good governance through government and civil society, conflict, peace and security, and migration.
“This priority includes, inter alia, the continuation of support to the three main transition democratic processes that are on-going in the Gambia (Constitutional Review, Transitional Justice, Security Sector Reform), as well as the consolidation of a comprehensive migration partnership,” the summary stated.
The second priority targets a green economy for sustainable growth and job creation covering mobility and urbanisation, agriculture, forestry and fishery, as well as tourism.
“The scope will be to foster a green and productive urban development, sustainably linked with the rural areas that would contribute to feed the urban areas whilst creating jobs further upstream. In tourism, the aim is to attract more visitors during an extended tourism season and to diversify the ‘Gambia experience’ namely by promoting green and community tourism,” the summary added.
The third priority intends to build the Human Development sector of the Gambia through “…education and girls’ empowerment, social protection as a tool for inclusion, and sanitation in urban areas to allow the ever-increasing urbanisation to keep up with access to sanitation services”.
The document continued that EUR 11 million might be used to fund the 2021-2024 phase for operations under priorities 1 and 2; while the funding for the 2025-2027 will be based on the decision following a mid-term review of the 2021-2024.
Meanwhile, in a statement at the breakfast briefing with the press on Friday, the EU Ambassador to The Gambia, H.E Corrado Pampaloni said his institution from 2017-2021, supported The Gambia to the tune of EUR 365m, which is about D22 billion.
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