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Friday, 23 March 2018
On 11 and 12 May, the Espace international Wallonie-Bruxelles has host a seminar organised by CNCD-11.11.11 on financing development and the conditionalities. The topics discussed were: introduction to the present panorama of financing for development, global taxes, the third world debt, the quality of aid, changes in conditionalities over time, the participation of the civil society, good governance and the new framework, macro-economic conditionalities and the fight against poverty, conditionalities and their role in financing development.
At the initiative of the CONCORD Cotonou Group, a French/English vade-mecum has been sent to organisations of the African civil society. This document (available at the SOUTH Coordination Secretariat) has been prepared to encourage the participation of the civil society in carrying out the 10th EDF work plan, which has just been launched. We know that for the implementation and the mid-term evaluation of the 9th work plan many of the organisations concerned were left out, yet this is where the greatest part of European aid to countries of the south, especially countries of sub-Saharan Africa, comes from. The SOUTH Coordination will soon be convening an information meeting on the stakes of the 10th EDF work plan and its implications for its African partners.
ACP Ministers will meet, under the chairmanship of Dr Onofre ROJAS, Secretary of State, European Development Fund (EDF) National Authorising Officer of the Dominican Republic, for the 83rf session of their Council, on 29 until 31 May 2006 in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).
Among the issues on the agenda of the Council are :
- presentation of the reports of the ministerial committees and consultations on Banana, Sugar (Consultative Group and LDC), Cotton and Development Finance Cooperation ;
- state of play of negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) ;
- presentation of the report of the Committee of Ambassadors on the Future of the ACP Group ;
- state of preparations for the 5th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government planned to be held in December 2006 in Khartoum (Sudan)
- preparations for the 31st session of the ACP-EC Council of Ministers (planned on 1st and 2nd June 2006).
ACP Council will be preceded on 28th and 29th May 2006 by the following meetings : ministerial consultations and committee on Banana, Sugar (consultative Group and LDC), Cotton and Development Finance Cooperation.
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
The 1st Meeting of ACP Ministers of Education was held in Brussels, Belgium on 5 May 2006. The Ministers welcomed the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on the pertinent issues in Education confronting ACP States.

ACP Ministers re-affirmed the importance of intra-ACP cooperation within the framework of the Georgetown Agreement and the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement in placing Education issues at the forefront of the development agenda of their countries.

The Ministers noted that their meeting was being held at an opportune time when the programming exercise of the 10th EDF is underway, and as such undertook to work actively with the National Authorizing Officers (NAOs) and Regional Authorizing Officers (RAOs) to ensure that adequate EDF resources are availed to the education sector.
Friday, 12 May 2006
The European Parliament’s Development Committee meeting on Tuesday in which there were presentations by the EU Development Council President (Winkler), and EC Development Commissioner Louis Michel. Commissioner Michel said the focus in 2006 is on implementation of development commitments made and of the European consensus on development. The GAERC was a step forwards with the aid effectiveness package, common CSP framework, etc. 2008 will examine progress. All under EU consensus is designed to mobilise EU efforts to meet challenges with all regions. Winkler said that all EU Member States accept commitments, while some are more committed than others. In reply to a question on NGO reports that EU Member States are doctoring figures, using debt write off, etc. to reach ODA targets, Winkler said debt consolidation is major part of some Member States (including Austria’s) bi-lateral figures, but obligations / commitments have to be met. In 2010 will have to do more outside debt.