Five billion euros for Africa’s infrastructure. If the European Commission wins the backing of member states that money will go towards improving key trans-continental roads. Energy, information technology and water networks could also receive a cash boost. The work would be carried out in partnerships between African and European countries between 2008 and 2013.
More than 40 per cent of Africans have no access to safe water and less than 20 per cent have electricty. European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel said inadequate infrastructure is at the root of many problems.
“If I make preventative policies for Aids and/or treatment policies for Aids available to the people, what do we run up against each time? We run up against a lack of means of communication?”
The European Union and EU countries together provide 32.2 billion euros in aid – more than half that given globally.