Development of Mali – Statement by Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development (February 12, 2013)
On the occasion of the informal meeting of European ministers responsible for development in Dublin, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, announced that a conference on the development of Mali would take place in Brussels in the spring.
The purpose of this conference, which will be organized by the EU and France in close coordination with the Malian authorities, is to mobilize the international community in support of the development of Mali. It will also aim, in collaboration with the Malian authorities and the regional African organizations, to ensure the smooth coordination of the international community’s response.
Lasting security cannot be achieved in Mali without development. Re-establishing territorial integrity and implementing the political processes set forth in the road map must be associated with a new effort in support of economic and social development.
France is fully committed alongside the Malians to mobilizing the international community in support of this objective.