Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has met today with Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Executive Director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) since October 2016. This organisation is an important multilateral partner of the Belgian Development Cooperation. During the meeting, a framework arrangement was signed for the cooperation in the coming years. In 2016, the Belgian Development Cooperation has contributed 4 million euros to CGIAR.
The Slovak and Belgian Deputy Prime Ministers, Peter Pellegrini and Alexander De Croo, have met yesterday in Brussels to discuss the role of digital solutions for international development and to exchange views on the domestic digital actions plans of both the Slovak and Belgian governments. They both emphasized the importance of a European digital single market to make Europe a digital world leader. Deputy Prime Ministers Pellegrini and De Croo met in the margins of a High Level Event on Digitalisation for Development they co-organized on behalf of the Slovak EU Presidency and the Government of Belgium.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo today awarded the first “Digital for Development Prize”. The three winning projects target e-learning in the Palestinian Territories, the fight against counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Africa and solar energy in Cameroun.
European ministers of International Development today agreed that digital technologies should play an important role in the European development policy. Belgium is one of the driving forces of 'Digital for Development' on the European level. Member States also discussed the European consensus on Development for the first time today.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo welcomes the new cooperation agreement between Belgium and the World Health Organization. He was present at the signing of the agreement, this morning, by Maggie De Block, Minister of Health, and Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director of WHO in Europe. Minister De Block signed the ‘Country Cooperation Strategy' on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Conference on Health. WHO is one of the 15 partner organizations of the Belgian Development Cooperation.