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Press trip to Chad

05 March - 08 March 2017, N'Djamena / Chad (DG DEVCO )

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The European Journalism Centre, in cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, invites 12 EU28 journalists on a three-day press visit to explore development cooperation between the EU and Chad.

Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. It ranks 185 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index. The global oil crisis and the security situation in the region especially since mid-2015 Boko Haram terrorists' attacks have seriously impacted the socio-economic situation. The country remains fragile and reforms - including in the area of rule of law - are a priority. At regional level, Chad has reinforced in the last few years its security and diplomatic role (chairing G5 Sahel and African Union).

In that context, the EU's overall strategic objective in Chad is to reduce poverty by providing - in close coordination with EU Member States - humanitarian and development aid through almost all its instruments, in particular the European Development Fund, including through the recently created EU Emergency Trust fund for Africa. The EU sectors of intervention are food and nutrition security and resilience, with a special focus on the promotion of sustainable use and management of natural resources also to address the impact of climate change. The EU is also supporting national and regional coordinated efforts for security and stability as well as the local capacity to fight terrorism, domestic revenue mobilization, public finances management and the broad sector of governance and rule of law. Finally, the EU financial assistance aims at promoting job creation and inclusive growth.

The three-day press trip will start in the capital and the agenda will include field visits to different EU-funded projects. A detailed programme will be announced shortly.

Please note that the organisers will cover travel and accommodation during the three-day visit as well as the visa to enter Chad. Journalists selected for the trip will have the opportunity to arrive earlier or leave the country later than the group, provided that the flights can be organised at the same cost. However, those that stay longer in the country will have to make their own arrangements for their additional days (accommodation, security, programme, etc) at their own cost. For more information about the programme, please contact Biba Klomp at klomp@ejc.net.

If you are interested in attending this seminar, please register & apply directly on our EJC Seminars website by 31 January 2017. The event will give priority to journalists covering foreign affairs and development issues. Please note, all seminar dates, times and project visits are subject to change.

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