New York, 23 September 2016 - One year after the July 2015 International Ebola Recovery Conference organized at the United Nations, Guinea signaled its willingness to turn the Ebola page by announcing the creation of a National Post-Ebola Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund (PERRTF).
The announcement was made by Mr. Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea at a press conference held during the 71st United Nations General Assembly. The event followed a technical presentation of the country’s recovery efforts by State Minister Idrissa Thiam and Youth Minister Mustapha Naite.
President Condé was accompanied by Mr. Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, and Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa. Belgium and UNDP have recently renewed their commitment to support Guinea’s recovery by mobilizing resources, amongst European countries and offering technical and financial support for the creation of the PERRTF.
“I call on all development stakeholders to contribute to the financing of the Trust Fund and I renew the United Nations System total commitment, especially UNDP’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund, to working with Guinea in the implementation of this programme.” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye.
Guinea paid a considerable toll to the Ebola Virus Disease in March 2014 and recorded a total of 3804 cases and 2536 deaths, including 3351 confirmed cases and 2083 confirmed deaths of Ebola, 115 among health workers. Declared Ebola-free in December 2015, Guinea officially exited the surveillance period on 31 August 2016.
With a targeted budget of around 500 million, the PERRTF framework is structured around five pillars (Economic recovery, Women’s entrepreneurship and youth employment, Social Protection and support for vulnerable groups, Water, hygiene & sanitation, Governance and social cohesion, and Health, risk reduction and contingency) aimed at financing priority recovery initiatives.
The official signing of the PERRTF with UNDP’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office is expected to take place in early October during the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Washington and will be followed by a conference in Brussels where Guinea is expected to present modalities of the PERRTF, especially its programmes pertaining to youth, women empowerment, migration and prevention of violent extremism.
President Conde added: “We expect that the initiatives under the five key pillars will contribute significantly to strengthening Guinea’s democratic structures, enhancing social cohesion and slowing down youth emigration and religious radicalization.”
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