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Brussels, 7 May 2013
Donor Conference for development in Mali: Media Advisory
What: The Donor Conference for Development in Mali (“Together for a New Mali”) is a high-level event organised jointly by the European Union and France in close collaboration with Mali.
Why: The aim of this conference is to mobilise and coordinate support from the whole international community for Mali’s development.
Several Heads of State and Government from the region will attend, together with representatives at ministerial level. Once the Malian Government has set out its development priorities for 2013-14, the Conference will express its support for Mali's recovery strategy, and the financial commitments of the international community will be recorded.
When: 15th May 2013
The conference starts at 9.00 and it ends with a signature ceremony of four financial agreements with Commissioner Piebalgs and Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Coulibaly, and a press conference foreseen at 17.30h with Presidents Francois Hollande, José Manuel Barroso and Dioncounda Traoré. Minister Laurent Fabius, President Herman Van Rompuy, Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and the Deputy Minister Pascal Canfin will also attend the event to give a public address.
Where: Committee of the Regions (CoR) / European Economic and Social Committee Headquarters (EESC): Jacques Delors Building Rue Belliard, 99-101 B, 1040 Brussels (Belgium)
For security reasons and because of the limited amount of space in the Jacques Delors building the number of journalists authorised to attend the conference will be strictly limited.
Registration in advance is compulsory for journalists via: http://donor-conference-mali.eu/signup (until May 7th at 10pm).
Services at the disposal of the media:
Europe by Satellite will also broadcast live a selection of key moments of the day, including the press conference at 17.30
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