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Friday, 06 May 2016

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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A number of Finnish companies have shown interest in investing in Zambia, the Finnish Government has disclosed. Foreign Trade and Development minister Lenita Toivakka said here that a number of Finnish companies are interested in investing in Zambia which is one of the countries with the best investment climate. Ms Toivakka said the areas the companies were targeting are the green technology and renewable energy.

Dissent was heard at the high-level meeting in Dakar last week of the EU and the 79-member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group. At stake during the five days of meetings outside the Senegalese capital was a successor agreement to the Cotonou agreement, which expires in 2020. Along with the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, leaders and representatives from some of the poorest countries in the world were present for talks on economic, political and development cooperation.

Trade issues took centre stage during the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, which was held on 25-29 April in Dakar, Senegal. Ministers discussed prospects regarding the Economic partnership agreements (EPAs) still under negotiation with the European Union, as well as issues related to trade in various commodities, such as fishing products and sugar, among others. Ministers also expressed their determination and enthusiasm in advance of the upcoming Summit of Heads of State and Government of ACP countries, which will take place in Papua New Guinea from May 10 to June 1.

Today, the European Commission appointed Stefano Manservisi as Director-General of its department for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) as of 16 May. Mr Manservisi, an Italian national, is currently Head of Cabinet of High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini. Mr Manservisi brings more than thirty years of experience in the Commission to this job, including six years as Director-General of the department for Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific States (DG DEV) and four years leading the department for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME).

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