Luxembourg minister on Burkina Faso visit
From 18 to 20 February 2017, a delegation from Luxembourg, headed by the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Romain Schneider, paid a working visit to Burkina Faso. Luxembourg plans to donate some EUR 60 million to Burkina Faso from 2017 to 2021 to support the implementation of Burkina Faso’s National Action Plan for Economic and Social Development (PNDES), which should be implemented from 2016 to 2020. During this three-day visit, the minister attended the inauguration ceremony of the Noomdo Centre, a centre for the social integration of vulnerable children in Koudougou, in the province of Boulkiemdé. The centre was created by Le Soleil Dans la Main, a Luxembourg-based organisation. Schneider also met with representatives of 12 national NGOs to talk about projects, best practices and challenges. Moreover, Schneider participated in the ninth edition of the Luxembourg-Burkina Faso Partnership Commission, co-chaired by the Burkinabe Economic and Finance Minister, Hadizatou Rosine Sori-Coulibaly. This meeting comes on the heels of the just concluded Burkina Faso donor conference, which was held in Paris in December 2016. The country received pledges and loans of over EUR 12.7 billion from bilateral and multilateral partners to fund the PNDES. They also spoke about a project to support the development of information technology in Burkina Faso. Schneider rounded up his visit with a reception organised by the Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and an inspection of the National Office for Forest Inventory, which helps in the systematic collection of data and forest information, a facility funded by the previous indicative programme.