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Parízek “Innovative development aid means formation of a real independent sustainable economic model”

Parízek “Innovative development aid means formation of a real independent sustainable economic model”

14.12.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Humanitárna pomoc

Bratislava (14 December) - State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, officially introduced the joint V4 project for improving the economic and social situation on the coast of Kenya.  The project is funded from the Emergency Trust Fund for Stability addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (“Trust Fund for Africa”).
 
The joint V4 project is designed to improve the socio-economic situation of 15,000 small farmers in Kenya and create jobs in bio and fair trade production of cashews and sesame in three provinces on the coast, including planting, training, certification, purchase of technology and basic financial literacy.  The project will be implemented for four years and is based on the strategy that jobs in agriculture, micro and small enterprises create inclusive conditions for stable and resistant communities.
 
“Adopting the V4 initiative within the Trust Fund for Africa represents a successful wrap-up of our long-term efforts for new forms of development cooperation,” stated State Secretary Parízek.
 
The European Union created the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa in reaction to the migration and refugee crisis in 2015. This innovative mechanism pools together resources from the EU member states and third countries and enables a joint, complementary and flexible response to the different dimensions of an emergency situation. Its objective is to address the fundamental causes of destabilization, forced displacement and irregular migration through the projects funded from the Fund aimed at supporting economic and equal opportunities, security and development.
 
“The project serves as a real example that the Trust Fund resources are used for funding concrete projects bringing economic results and positively influencing life in Africa.  It also attests that the finances Slovakia has provided to the Fund have returns,” said Parízek.
 
As part of the official launch of the project, the subcontracts between the Slovak Agency for International Development Aid (SAIDC) and the implementing organizations within the V4 were signed. 
 
The Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation will be in charge of the partnership project, that includes the Czech University of Life Sciences, Foundation Science for Development, National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre and the Association of Conscious Consumers in Hungary, Fair Trade Poland and the Czech Republic, and local partners Ten Senses Africa and Farm Africa.

 

 

Address of State Secretary L. Parízek