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The Indian Ocean Commission signs an agreement with the European Union for the sustainable development of its Member States

The Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) which takes place in Moroni in the Comoros, this Thursday 10 and Friday 11 April 2014, has signed an agreement with the European Union for the release of funds for an amount of 7.5 million euro for sustainable development of its member countries (Union of the Comoros, Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles) in the wake of the continuity of the project "Islands".

"Islands" project in its second stage of European funding until 2017 "will again give full force to the link between emergency today and the expectations of tomorrow, in the service of the construction of a world where economic growth and social welfare will be synonymous with sustainability of the resource", said Jean Claude de L'Estrac, Secretary-General of the Indian Ocean Commission.
"Islands" project will allow to "accelerate the process of implementation of the Mauritius Strategy adopted at the second conference of the United Nations on the small island developing States (SIDS)" 2005 and "will be added to the 10 million euro already allocated by the EU for the phase I of the program, which runs from August 2011 to June 2014", highlight instances of the IOC in a press release.
"With the program Islands, the IOC and all beneficiaries have the opportunity to contribute to the sustainable development of their Islands," also welcomed Guy Samzun, chargé d'affaires of the delegation of the European Union which also wished the Indian Ocean Commission to continue "momentum during the first phase of the program".

Fabrice François

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