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EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT FUND

European Commission - IP/87/42   27/01/1987

Other available languages: FR

  Following a favourable opinion delivered by the EDF Committee, the
  Commission has approved financing in respect of the following
  projects :
  GUINEA BISSAU                           Technical assistance in rural
  6th EDF       3 000 000 ECU             development
  Grant
  This scheme, which is to pursue the reform of trade structures begun
  under the 5th EDF, is a rural development project (Community aid
  concentration sector).
  The shortage of supplies of basic goods on the market is a serious
  impediment to agricultural production, as the peasant farmers have
  little incentive to produce if they are unable to find these basic
  goods in the market.  Hence the need to continue and complete the
  reorganisation of the commercial apparatus if it is hoped to affect
  productions.
  If reorganization is to continue, then technical assistance has to be
  sent out and equipment, primarily for teaching, has to be supplied.
  IVORY COAST                              Creation of village oil palm
  6th EDF       20 850 000 ECU             plantations
  Special loan
  This scheme, which is to back up the Government's policy of achiving
  self  sufficiency in food in the medium term, as agreed in the 6th EDF
  indicative programme, deals with the production of oils and fats and
  provides for the creation of the bulk of the village oil palm
  plantations to be set up under the second Palm Plan to be run with
  joint financing from Ivory Coast itself and anumber of other funders.
  Implementation - creating around 23 000 ha of village plantations -is
  scheduled to take five years.  It will cost 50 400 000 ECU,
  20 850 000 ECU of it from the EDF and 6 950 000 ECU from the Extension
  and Renewal Fund for the development of oil palm  crops (FER), the
  rest being constituted by the work of the planters themselves.
                                                        ./.
                                                        2.
  GABON                                   Assistance for small and
  6th EDF                                 medium-sized enterprises
  Grant           600 000 ECU
  Special Loan  1 500 000 ECU
  The line of credit for smal and medium-sized enterprises (1 500 000
  ECU) and the support of external staff (600 000 ECU) are intended to
  back up Gabon's drive to promote SME at a time when the large drop in
  petroleum earnings means the economy has to be reoriented.
  This line of credit will be managed by the Aid and Guarantee Fund
  (FAG) at the Ministry for SME, which will be able to grant assistance
  in the form of preferential loans to 30 SME in the agricultural sector
  (in the broadest sense of the term) in the interior. This will both
  respond to local requirements and capitalize on natural resources. It
  will primarly be of benefit to yound people, rural dwellers and women.
  ZAIRE                                       Health Centres
  5th EDF        1 350 000 ECU                (Additional financing)
  Grant
  The aim of the project is to create the minimum prerequisites for
  effective work in rural health centres, other premises and
  accomodation by providing lighting and the possibility of storing
  medicines and vaccines.
  SOMALIA                                  Line of credit for farmers
  5th EDF        1 650 000 ECU             and fishermen
  Grant
  The project comprises the advance of a line of credit plus associated
  technical assistance to the Government of Somalia.  Implementation
  will be carried out by the Somali Development Bank (SDB) and its
  affiliate, the Commercial and Savings Bank (CSB).  Credit funds are to
  be on-lent through these institutions to small and medium-size farmers
  and fishermen.
  TANZANIA and ZAMBIA                     TAZARA Development plan
  5th EDF       13 000 000 ECU
  Grant
  The Tanzania-Zambia Railway ("Tazara") runs from the port of Dar-es-
  Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia, where it links up with the Zambian
  national rail network.  It was built in 1970-76, with assistance from
  the People's Republic of China, as an important outlet for the
  landlocked countries of Southern Africa, particularly Zambia.  While
  the standard of construction was good, certain operational problems
  have arisen and a ten year development plan has been drawn up with the
  aim of improving the operational and managerial performance of the
  railway.  The response from the donor community has been positive and
  for the plan to be fully effective it is important that all the
  priority projects are implemented.  The plan covers ballast
  production, track repair and maintenance, telecommunications, rolling
  stock, workshop equipment and management and training.
                                                ./.
                                                        3.
  The proposed EDF finance will provide equipment for ballast production
  cofinanced with Sweden, equipment and technical assistance for a
  mechanical track maintenance programme (co-financed by Austria and
  Switzerland); wheel lathes for the Tazara workshops, and workshop
  equipment.  Other donors involved are : Denmark, Finland, China,
  Norway and the African Development Bank.
  MOZAMBIQUE                             Rehabilitation of the NACALA
  6th EDF       25 000 000 ECU           railway (Phase II)
  Grant
  The purpose of this project is to continue rehabilitating and
  improving the railway between the port of Nacala, in northern
  Mozambique, and both the agricultural regions of the interior and
  neighbouring Malawi.  As things stand, the line is virtually unusable
  and this paralyzes the development of these regions and is a major
  obstacle to the economic growth of Malawi, whose international traffic
  has to take far longer and far more expensive routes through South
  Africa.
  The first phase of rehabilitation (completion by end of 1986) caters
  for port traffic to the town of Nampula.  Phase two, the subject of
  this project, covers replacement of the track (346 km) between Nampula
  and Cuamba (77 km from the Malawi border) at an estimated cost of
  110 400 000 ECU.
  The external financing for this project (French, Portuguese, Canadian,
  Italian and Finnish cofinancing) will be completed by a Community
  contribution, primarily to cover supplies of various materials and
  equipment, strengthening of the bridge over the Rio Monapo, rail
  transport and technical assistance.
  SOLOMON ISLANDS                         Rehabilitation programme
  6th EDF        1 722 000 ECU            after cyclone NAMU
  Grant
  The main purpose of the programme is to restore and rehabilitate the
  rural fabric damaged by the cyclone and ensuing floods as quickly as
  possible, at least to the level of improved, if not normal functions,
  which is envisaged to take a few years.
  The main areas affected by the cyclone were the islands of
  Guadalcanal, Malaita, Makira, Rennel and Bellona, which comprise about
  48% of the total land area and about 62% of the total population. EEC
  assistance is being requested for the rehabilitation of these areas.
  ALL ACP States and OCT's               Overall authorization for
  5th EDF       25 000 000 ECU           financing
  Grant
  Overall authorization to commit 25 000 000 ECU for the financing by
  accelerated procedure of technical cooperation and trade promotion
schemes in favour of the ACP States and the OCT.

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