The sixth meeting of the Joint Development Cooperation Committee, the deliberative body of Italian Cooperation established by Law No.125/2014, was held today. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, chaired the meeting. It was attended by, among others, Deputy Minister Mario Giro; Director General of Development Cooperation, Pietro Sebastiani; Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), Laura Frigenti; and representatives of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and the Ministries of the Interior, Economy and Finance and the Environment.
Approximately 60 million euros worth of initiatives, including projects, tied aid, contributions and programmes, were approved during the meeting. Among them: the Programme in support of the National Health System of the Republic of Guinea, amounting to 20 million euros; the Programme to fight against irregular migration by supporting the development of the private sector in Senegal (Plasepri II) for a value of 13 million euros; the Programme to develop natural and cultural tourism in the Departments of Cochabamba and Potosi in Bolivia, through a 12 million euro tied aid; the Programme to reduce the rate of infant mortality in the provinces of Herat and Kabul in Afghanistan, for four million euros; and the Project to increase youth employment and entrepreneurship in order to reduce the risk of irregular migration in the central-eastern region of Burkina-Faso, with a 2.7 million euro contribution.