Children representing differen ethnic groups in Niger pose for a photo
Photo: Foreign Affairs Ministry
Luxembourg is to open an official embassy in Niamey, Niger, a minister announced during a working visit.
Development cooperation and humanitarian affairs minister Paulette Lenert (LSAP) visited Niger from 17 to 20 October to approve a budget increase for projects in rural development, public expenditure management and water and sanitation.
The increase takes the total from €11.5 million to €97 million, and forms part of the Indicative Cooperation Programme for the period 2016-2020. The programme will contribute to capacity-building with the aim of accelerating inclusive growth, social development, and the sustainable management of natural resources.
The minister announced the upgrading of the Luxembourg office in Niamey to embassy status during thirtieth anniversary celebrations marking Luxembourg Cooperation’s interventions in Niger. According to the government, the country is currently covered by the Luxembourg ambassador to Senegal, Nicole Bintner.
Niger is placed at the bottom of the list, at 189 in the 2018 human development index, a measure of average basic human development achievements.