BRUSSELS, Nov 18 (KUNA) — The Central African Republic has called on rab countries to be more engaged in development and progress, and Kuwait has expressed commitment to consider top priority projects in CAR.
CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera made the appeal in a special meeting with Arab donors, including Kuwait, on the sidelines of an International Donors Conference for CAR which concluded Thursday evening in Brussels.
Thamer Al-Failakawi, regional manager for West African countries in the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, participated in the meeting.
In an interview with the Kuwait news agency, KUNA, Friday he said “our participation in the one-day conference was to show solidarity and commitment by the Kuwait Fund to help the economy of CAR. Kuwait has a long standing relationship with Central Africa starting in 1979.”
Al Failakawi noted that Kuwait Fund has financed several road and hydropower projects and also provided grants to prepare for technical and feasibility studies in CAR.
In the Brussels conference, he said, “we confirmed our commitment to consider a top priority project in the country.”
He described the conference as “very successful” as 2.1 billion euro of pledges were made at the meeting.
Among Arab participants were Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the OPEC fund and the Arab Bank for economy development in Africa which is part of Arab League and is based in Khartoum, Sudan.
The conference, organised by the EU and CAR government, drew delegations from over 80 countries, international organisations and agencies.
Kuwait News Agency