The Parliament today votes on the draft law of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, on the reform of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO). Minister De Croo intends to open BIO to private capital in order to give it an even greater capacity to invest in the growth of a strong local economy in developing countries. The reform is part of the strategy of Minister De Croo aiming at getting the private sector more involved in international development policy.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo are concerned about the sudden resurgence of violence in Juba, South Sudan, since 7 July. They call for an urgent end to the fighting by all concerned. They urge the parties to fully and immediately implement the peace agreement of August 2015. Belgium follows the situation on the ground closely and consults with other countries and organizations, including the EU and the UN. In that respect, Belgium welcomes yesterday’s statement by the UN Security Council and by the UN Secretary General.
The Belgian development agency, BTC, has published its Annual Report 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has met today with Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. This organization is an important multilateral partner of the Belgian Development Cooperation. During the meeting, a framework arrangement for the cooperation during the next four years was signed. Minister De Croo decided on a core contribution of 4 million euros to UNAIDS.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo met in Brussels today with Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso. Minister of Homeland Security Simon Compaoré, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Alpha Barry and Minister of Economy, Finance and Development Rosine Sori-Coulibaly also attended the meeting.