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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to France, Dr. Modupe Irele, on Monday disclosed that there were currently about 120 French businesses located in different parts of Nigeria. Irele told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that Nigerians were also prepared to go into partnership with more French companies in adding value to Nigerian products. She said: “Nigeria is France’s largest trading partner in Africa. There are currently approximately about 120 French businesses that are active in Nigeria.

Stefano Manservisi, director-general for International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, based in Brussels, is leading a high-level European Union team to Jamaica, starting today. Foreign Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, in a release yesterday, said Manservisi will lead the high-level delegation to Kingston from February 1 to 2 for regional and bilateral talks with several high-level government representatives from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Namibia will remain on the European Union blacklist as long as it refuses to ratify the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's convention and abolish harmful preferential tax regimes. The EU blacklisted Namibia last year, together with countries like Panama, South Korea, Macau, Barbados, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates for failing to deal with illicit financial flows. The OECD is an inter-governmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. According to the Outcome of Proceedings for the Council of the European Union dated 5 December 2017, Namibia is not a member of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.

Conflicts, poverty and drought have forced hundreds of thousands of Africans to leave their homes. Czechs are among the Europeans who go there to give them a helping hand, which can take the form of seed potatoes, textbooks or even simple advice on how to nurture their children appropriately.There are more than 218 million people living in extreme poverty in Africa. The European Union therefore invests millions of euros to improve the living conditions of Africans and to limit their mass migration to the north. The financial assistance provided to Africa by the EU then turns into real and concrete aid – for example, in the form of sweet potato seedlings, wells or school buildings.

The European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) have both pledged unwavering support to President Mnangagwa’s Government in its efforts to reintegrate Zimbabwe into the international community and reforms to place the economy on a growth trajectory. AU chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat will visit Zimbabwe soon to assess how the AU can support the country in its preparations for harmonised elections, to be held by June this year and renewed efforts to have illegal sanctions imposed by the West lifted.

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