the United States and France announce financial support to support Felix Tshisekedi – JeuneAfrique.com

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The United States announced Thursday in Kinshasa aid of $ 600 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo by 2022, to consolidate the political transition underway since the inauguration of new President Felix Tshisekedi in January . France is strengthening its partnership against Ebola.



"The US government supports President Tshisekedi's agenda for change," said US Ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer, quoted in the Embassy's statement announcing the cooperation agreement.

"The new funding will support development activities related to education, economic growth, health, anti-corruption and good governance, environmental protection and humanitarian aid" , details the release.

The agreement was signed by USAID director Paul Sabatine, and Congolese Minister of International Cooperation Pepin-Guillaume Manjolo Buakila, "has increased US aid to these sectors to $ 1.25 billion since 2015" adds the statement.

Ebola fight

In an Ebola treatment center, Beni, July 13, 2019.
In an Ebola treatment center in Beni, July 13, 2019. © Jerome Delay / AP / SIPA

For its part, France announced Thursday also that it wants to strengthen its "joint efforts" with the DRC in the fight against the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the east of the country. A "Franco-Congolese Roadmap" has set out three priorities: "an urgent humanitarian response", "a strengthening of the scientific partnership", and "development actions to strengthen the Congolese health system in the medium and long term" , says the statement from the Quai d'Orsay.

"France has committed to mobilize 71 million euros in health in the DRC between 2018 and 2021," the statement said. French President Emmanuel Macron announced in early November, receiving Felix Tshisekedi, the "second contract" of bilateral development, which will see France "invest 65 million euros to support the work of modernization and transformation of the DRC" President Congolese.

In May, in Kinshasa, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced "a program of 300 million euros over the term of President Tshisekedi" until 2023.



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