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Wednesday, 26 July 2017
The European Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF) with the support of the ACP Secretariat have concluded a joint initiative on the Trade Policy Formulation, Negotiations and Implementation (Hub and Spoke) Project to address the trade capacity challenges faced by ACP member countries. An information meeting was held at the ACP House last Friday 11th February 2005.The 4 year project will focus on capacity building for ministries and organisations responsible for trade policy formulation and negotiations; strengthening national and regional institutions; provision of technical advice on trade issues.
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As approved at the last ACP Council of Ministers held in Brussels from 29 November to 2nd December 2004, Timor Leste is the 79th ACP country.
H. E. M. Antonio AMORIM DIAS is the Ambassador to the EU and to the Begian authorities. For more information on this country, consult the government website.
Monday, 14 February 2005
The European Union supports the international efforts for more and better research to combat health-related poverty and communicable diseases, in particular malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, but also funding research targeting increasingly drug-resistant viruses, such as hepatitis B and C. The EU helped set up the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Platform (EDCTP). Funded by the Commission and comprising 14 EU Member States plus Norway, the platform supports “development of new clinical interventions to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and to improve generally the quality of research in relation to these diseases”.
CTA has done some work with FAO and other partners on the impact of HIV/AIDS in the agricultural sector and in rural communities in ACP countries. See link to CTA's website.

Thursday, 10 February 2005
The ACP Ministers of Environment, meeting for the 1st time at ACP House, Brussels on 10th December 2004, identifed a number of priority actions on (i)management of natural resources; (ii) desertifictaion and drought; (iii)multilateral environment agreements; (iv) water and sanitation;(v) energy and (vi) cross-cutting issues. See attached Brussels declaration and Framework for action on the environment for sustainable development in ACP States.
CTA contributed to the meeting by a background paper on the main environmental challenges for ACP countries.


Three regional EIB representative offices will be opened shortly by the European Investment Bank in sub-Saharan Africa to support its development financing on the continent, especially within the framework of the Investment Facility set up under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the ACP - African, Caribbean and Pacific -states. The three offices will be in:Dakar, Senegal, for Western Africa; Nairobi, Kenya, for East and Central Africa; Pretoria, South Africa, for the Southern Africa regionand Indian Ocean.
In the last five years alone the Bank has provided loans and risk capital totalling EUR 2.4bn for investement in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement it is mandated to channel up to EUR 3.9 billion long-term investment (loan and risk capital) finance to ACP projects, as part of a strategy to encourage the development of the private sector investment or to private sector enabling projects in the public sector, complementing EU grant aid. The strategy aims at the sustainable development and integration of the ACP countries in the world economy. Under a separate mandate, the bank has supported investments in the Republic of South Africa since 1994 – EUR 850m in the past five years – to engender more balanced development. EIB’s regional offices will be at the service of the business community in Africa.
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