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Monday, 23 October 2017
The European Commission will adopt tomorrow a proposal for a new EU Strategy for Africa. The adoption will be followed by an extraordinary joint meeting between the European Commission and the Commission of the African Union (AU). The "EU Strategy for Africa" proposes a strategic partnership for security and development between the European Union and Africa for the coming decade. It focuses on key requirements for sustainable development such as peace and security, good and effective governance, trade, interconnectivity, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. Both Commissions, African and European, will adopt a Joint Declaration to boost their partnership. The European Commission firmly believes that the problem of immigration, the dramatic consequences of which we are witnessing, can only be adressed effectively in the long term through an ambitious and coordinated Development cooperation to fight its root causes.
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Statement by the European Commission on the Doha Round setting out their negotiating proposal in the run up to the Hong Kong Ministerial. The proposal was submitted at the Zurich mini-Ministerial, 10 October 2005.
See full document proposal attached.
Chief negotiators from the six African, Caribbean and Pacific regions are calling for tariff liberalisation to have a phase-in period for sensitive products. This was one of the key highlights coming out of their talks in London over the weekend to review the ongoing negotiations on the economic partnership agreements with the European Union.
Commenting on the outcome, Ambassador Richard Bernal says they've also agreed to the need for more dialogue among themselves. He says during the frank and open discussions, the chief negotiators reaffirmed that the Economi Partnership Agreements (EPAs) should increase market access for current and potential exports of ACP countries.
Ambassador Bernal also described the talks as an opportunity to co-ordinate approaches to upcoming negotiations with the European Union.
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Tuesday, 11 October 2005
The visit of Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO, to the ACP Group of Ambassadors, was the occasion to alert the ACP policy-makers and the European community on the importance of the agriculture for the ACP countries and the little attention paid to its funding. Agriculture and rural economic activities are essential for growth, poverty reduction and food security especially for the poorer countries in the region. However trends in public resource mobilisation for agriculture and rural development (in terms of both domestic spending and Official Development Assistance) do not reflect that important role. Estimates are provided for incremental public resource needs for the ACP countries to meet the WFS goal of halving hunger by 2015.

CTA is organising for next February 2006 together with FAO, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, the Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires and the ROPPA a workshop to raise awareness on the future of the agriculture farming and the role of the farmers organisations in the agricultural sector in the ACP countries.
Monday, 10 October 2005
Chief Negotiators from the six Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions that are fashioning the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union met in London last week to compare notes and review strategies, and emerged saying that they had a better understanding of the way forward.
"(It was) an important opportunity for counterpart lead negotiators to exchange experiences and information, but also to coordinate approaches to upcoming negotiations with the EC (European Commission) on a range of issues," said Dr Richard Bernal, head of the Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM), the vehicle used by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) for its trade negotiations with other countries. According to Bernal, the negotiators had an opportunity to engage "in frank and open discussions on the state of their respective region's negotiations". The chief negotiators agreed on the need for interchange amongst themselves on a regular basis and decided on mechanisms to strengthen the dialogue and technical specialists.

At present the EU has a single trade and economic assistance treaty with the more than 70 members of the ACP. Europe, however, decided in the 1990s that it would develop specific partnership agreements with regional groups that fall within the ACP.

ACP member states, however, said they would not dismantle their organisation.
Negotiations for EPAs with the EU involves the following regions:
. West Africa (Economic Community of West Africa ECOWAS + Mauritania);
. Central Africa (Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale or CEMAC + São Tomé and Príncipe);
. Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA members); the Southern African Development Community (SADC: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Tanzania + South Africa as an observer);
. Caribbean or CARIFORUM (these include the 14 ACP members of the Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic); and
. the Pacific.

Last week's meeting focused on i) EPA and ACP regional integration processes ii) market access issues and iii) the development dimension of an EPA. On regional integration, the negotiators compared progress made in their respective regions in strengthening these processes. In this context, the meeting discussed the content, structure, scope and strategy of an EPA for each region. On market access issues, the meeting reaffirmed that EPAs should increase market access for current and potential exports of ACP countries. There was a call for tariff liberalisation to focus on phasing periods, and for allowance to be made for sensitive products. The chief negotiators also agreed that rules of origin must be development oriented and stressed that neither trade nor market access by themselves are sufficient to promote development.
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