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Friday, 22 September 2017

One of the main priorities of the current Estonian EU presidency is the promotion of digital solutions and technologies in development cooperation. “Digital for Development” was therefore high on the agenda of the 11 September meeting of EU ministers and Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, who specifically mentioned the Digital4Development initiative that is supported by the head of EU foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini. Mr. Ansip said that the development agenda had been covered by €32 billion from the EU budget for development over the last decade, and by another €82 billion coming directly from the member states. However, the part specifically earmarked for digital had been very small – about 500 million in total.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

In a pioneering partnership between global fresh produce business, Halls, an entrepreneurial farmer from Hill Estate and LCL Logistics, the first ever door-to-door export container of avocados out of rural Swaziland has arrived safely at its destination in the United Kingdom. Halls and grower partner, Hill Estate, worked together to overcome the challenges of accessing Hill Estate’s recently relocated pack house, now situated on the farm in a very remote area of the southern district of Shiselweni, one of the most underdeveloped regions of Swaziland. Dedicated supply chain partners, LCL Logistics, were called in to assist with advising on road upgrade and repairs to facilitate the navigation and safe manoeuvring of a fully loaded reefer shipping container over Swaziland’s most mountainous topography.

The Netherlands' ambition for Food & Nutrition Security is reflected in the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 2: end hunger and children's undernourishment, double smallholder productivity and income, and ensure the sustainability and resilience of food production systems by 2030. The Netherlands' ambition is to contribute to realising these 2030 targets, by assuming a reasonable share of the total challenge, i.e.: lifting 32 million children out of undernourishment, doubling productivity and/or income for 8 million farm holders and bringing their farmland (about 7.5 million hectares) under sustainable management.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

ACP Secretariat

18-21 September: 5th Meeting of the ACP Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Bahamas)

European Council

19 September: General Affairs Council
20 September: Coreper I
20 September: Coreper II
22 September: Coreper I

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A major gathering of ministers and senior government officials from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands will take place in the Bahamas on 18-21 September. With up to USD 5.3 billion worth of fish exports entering the international market each year from these regions, the meeting seeks to reinforce shared commitments to improve governance and boost development of fisheries and aquaculture resources. The Prime Minister of the Bahamas Dr. The Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is scheduled to open the two-day 5th Meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture on 20 September, preceded by the Meeting of Senior Fisheries Officials on 18-19 September. The event is especially important for the ACP Group of States, whose 79 member states include more than 60 that export fisheries products, both from maritime and inland fisheries and from aquaculture.

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