Nouakchott, Mauritania - The EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, arrived here Monday, on the first leg of his visit to West Africa that will take him to Senegal and Cape Verde, PANA reported from the Mauritanian capital.
A programme of his visit shows that Piebalgs will hold discussions with the Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on EU cooperation with Mauritania, including the post-2015 action plan, the deadline to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MGD), food security and the rule of law.
PANA reports that Mauritania has already reached some of the MDGs, especially in eliminating extreme poverty, shanty towns and water.
But there is a lot more to do and the post-2015 agenda places a new burden for development priorities, particularly in African countries.
Mauritania chairs the African Union (AU) and as such will co-chair the fourth Europe/Africa Summit, scheduled for early April in Brussels.