Malta distributes €459K for African NGO projects

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NGO Projects in five African countries are set to receive grants from Malta’s Overseas Development Assistance, the Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela has announced.

Seven development projects located in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Uganda, will be granted funding from Malta’s pot of €459,283.

Minister Abela announced the grants as part of the Africa Day commemoration event, explaining that this was aimed as part of Malta’s efforts to, ‘collaborate with African countries in their social and economic progress.’

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He added that the projects that would be receiving funding were gateways to creating opportunities for local business and social and economic potential in Sub-Saharan Africa. These efforts are also understood to be part of the government’s work towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

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These funding grants are also the latest in a line of efforts by the Maltese government towards developing its diplomatic representation and ties with African nations.

Last year Malta opened its High Commission Office in Accra, Ghana as well as appointing Malta’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Ethiopia.

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This representative is also understood to be Malta’s representative to the African Union and the Special Representative of Malta to the countries in the Horn of Africa.

This has also seen Malta’s institutions carrying out training and academic studies for cooperating African nations.

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Malta has also helped open the Hope Medical Exchange Centre in Ghana back in November 2018. The hospital carries out a number of different medical check ups and surgeries, including the treatment of cancer, eye conditions as well as the treatment of sick children.

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Attending the commemoration and announcement were Ghanian and Nigerian students which had been awarded scholarships to conduct Master studies in Malta’s academic institutions.

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Also present were the High Commissioner of Ghana to Malta Mercy Bampo Addo, High Commissioner of Malta in Ghana Jean Claude Galea Mallia, and Non-Resident Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ronald Micallef.