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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

An senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the West of England has told persons in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) that – in light of Brexit – the BVI should consider joining the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). Dr Peter Clegg last evening threw out the proposal, considering that ACP members currently have direct partnership with the European Union (EU), which is a group of 28 States located primarily in Europe. That partnership allows those ACP members certain EU privileges in relation to free trade and access to the European Development Fund.

Anambra State government has announced plans to export one million tubers of yam, as well as other vegetables to the United Kingdom. Governor Willie Obiano, who made the disclosure in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, also said the state would soon produce 550,000, eggs per day to meet the needs of the people. He said his administration had invested heavily on agriculture in the past three years aimed at cushioning the effect of the current economic recession on the citizenry.

The new Southern African Development Community (SADC)–European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has the potential to bolster South Africa’s muted fisheries sector and open up value-addition in a sector that holds much promise. The new SADC-EU EPA framework, which became effective in October last year, replaced the trade provisions of the existing bilateral Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) between South Africa and the EU and will maintain the external tariffs of, and harmonise, the trading regime between the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) as a whole and the EU.

The Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), Dr. Patrick I Gomes says while the grouping is supportive of a strong Europe, it has no desire of neglecting its relationship with the United Kingdom following its decision to leave the EU. Speaking at the launch of the book “Brexit – Securing ACP Economic Interests,” in London last week, The Guyanese born diplomat noted that eight months have passed since the British voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. “A lot has since been written and debated on the impact and implications of the vote. This is yet another occasion to join the discourse on BREXIT and to acknowledge and appreciate the work done by the Ramphal Institute by this seminal study,” he said.

The new Czech Republic’s non-resident Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Martin Pohl says he is keen to broaden ties with Solomon Islands when he met Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Tuesday 21st February. At a brief courtesy meeting with the Prime Minister, Ambassador Pohl said he is prepared to explore areas that the two countries can cooperate on to enhance the deepen the existing relations. Ambassador Pohl singled out cooperation in education and health as immediate priority areas that the two Governments’ can further explore in the current relations. “My government is ready to take on what is necessary to ensure our cooperation is deepened,” he said.

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