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Tuesday, 24 April 2018
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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The European Environment Agnecy (EEA) launched Environmental Technology portal as a contribution to the EU's Environmental Technology Action Plan.The portal provides easy access to information on environmental technologies, was launched last Friday. The portal, developed and managed by the European Environment Agency, provides an entry point to information on technologies that are cleaner and more resource efficient and which can improve environmental monitoring.
The site contains an EU catalogue of existing directories and databases on environmental technologies,offers knowledge development support and exchange of ideas and research results on eco-innovations. The portal functions as an environmental technology information facility. The system has been set up to enable anyone to publish web content via the portal suitably monitored for quality control.

Wednesday, 09 February 2005
The EU launched an improved and multilingual version of its on-line Expanding Exports Helpdesk, intended to help developing country producers seeking to export to EU markets. The new Expanding Exports Helpdesk service includes new on-line features and key services are now available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. There is a new ‘Market Place’ service to facilitate deals between traders and an enlarged database of trade statistics. Work on the second phase of the system, which will widen the range of information to cover product specific import requirements and internal taxation in the Member States is continuing, and should be completed during the first half of 2005.
CORDIS is the official publisher of the European Commission’s research and innovation information for participation in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) on research and all EU research programmes. User surveys show that CORDIS is seen as the most important source for news on research and development in Europe. CORDIS is an interactive web-site that links together policy makers, managers and key players in the fields of research and industry. Since the launch of FP6, the use of the CORDIS service has doubled. Each month, CORDIS is accessed by some 250,000 users, collectively viewing an average of nearly seven million pages, downloading over 300,000 documents and receiving over 130,000 personal e-mail alerts.

In a speech at the London School of Economics on 4 February 2005 the European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson set out a plan of concrete actions for the EU, the WTO and the G8 that could put trade policy at the service of development in 2005. See his speech attached.