Under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, Belgium has decided to allocate more than EUR 9 million in humanitarian aid to address the needs in the Lake Chad Basin.
Belgium has decided, under the impulse of Deputy Prime Ministers Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders, to allocate 13.5 million euros of humanitarian aid in order to give vital support to vulnerable groups in Iraq, as well as to displaced persons and Syrian refugees.
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.