The Netherlands has granted Mali 6.7 billion CFAF for development projects in the West African state.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday by the Malian minister of foreign affairs, African Integration and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, and the Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, Lilliane Ploumen.
The ceremony was co-chaired by the Malian Prime minister Moussa Mara and his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rulte.
The agreement is related to the financing of a project called “Support to the sustainable development project of the Internal Niger Delta” and the Programme on the strengthening of the integrated management of water resources (GIRE).
The aid has an implementation period of five years (2015-2019). The Malian government contributed up to 1.17 billion CFAF in an operation meant to improve the living conditions of populations and to reduce poverty.
The Dutch Prime minister was on Monday received in an audience by president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, with their costs.
“We wish that Mali is a stable and united country in order not to give chance for terrorism,” said Mark Rulte.
The Dutch Prime minister visited Gao, 1,200 kilometers north of Bamako, where troops from his country are serving to help the country get out of its crisis.
He welcomed progress being made in that locality in the domain of health with the opening of a hospital and resumption of classes.