Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has made a plea for a better humanitarian funding. The Council also consulted with Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the reform of the UN System and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Prior to the Council, minister De Croo had a talk on Digital for Development with Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Estonia.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has met today with Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and current chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The next four years, Belgium will release 26 million euros for the GPE, a multilateral mechanism that focusses on access to primary and secondary education.
Transfer costs on the remittance of money to developing countries must be lower. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo said this in reaction to the 11.11.11 and HIVA research into Belgian money remittances to developing countries. The research shows that the average transfer price of remittances from Belgium fluctuates at around 8%.
In its annual report 2016, published today, the Belgian Development Cooperation highlights some new accents of the Belgian development policy, a whole range of results and activities as well as the distribution of budgetary resources. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo emphasizes the renewal of our international development policy. A renewal that he wants to pursue in the next few years, including in the field of digitalisation, the link between the private sector and the development world, and our humanitarian efforts.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexand De Croo is worried about three recent cases of Ebola in the province of Bas-Uélé, a remote area in the Northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our country closely follows the situation.