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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

European Commission-funded, FAO-led partnership will help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries shift from wildmeat to alternative sources of animal protein. A €45 million multi-partner programme launched on Tuesday 10 October at FAO seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security. Funded by the European Commission, the seven-year programme is an initiative of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

ACP Secretariat

10 October: ACP Parliamentary Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
10 October: ACP Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment
10 October: ACP Parliamentary Committee on Political Affairs
10-11 October: Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
13 October: Subcommittee on Investment and Private Sector

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly

10 October: Joint ACP-EU Technical Committee on Sugar
11 October: Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
12 October: Committee on Political Affairs
12 October: Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
12 October: Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment

European Parliament

9-12 October: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Council

9 October: Eurogroup
9-10 October: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
10 October: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
11 October: Coreper I and Coreper II
12 October: Justice and Home Affairs Council
13 October: Environment Council

European Investment Bank

9-13 October: EIB support for the 3rd edition of the African Microfinance Week (Ethiopia)

Other Events

9-11 October: 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit (Côte d’Ivoire)
12-13 October: Caribbean-EASA conference (Barbados)
13 October: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Now what? Turning policies into meaningful change for women in Africa

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Represented by its Minister of Economy and Finance, the Guinean government on Friday 29 September signed two agreements with the European Union (EU) represented by its Head of Delegation in Conakry, Gerardus Giélen. The signing, which took place in the conference room of the Ministry of Economy, was also attended by the Minister of State responsible for Security and Civil Protection, his counterpart for the Environment and Water and Forests, as well as numerous guests and development partners. The agreements concerned two projects that will lead to very concrete results in terms of training, equipment, improvement of services, improvement of relations between the security forces and the civilian population, protection of the environment and combating human trafficking.

Ministers of Trade from the Member States of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) met at the end of September 2017 in Cotonou in Benin, under the initiative of the WAEMU Commission, for their annual meeting to discuss the evolution of the main dossiers relating to the implementation of the Union’s trade policy. In their final declaration, the Trade Ministers of the Member States of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) called on the three countries still to sign to do so in order to preserve the gains of integration in West Africa. The latter took note of the efforts made by the Commissions of ECOWAS and WAEMU to ensure that all the States sign the EPA.

The Rencontres Africa 2017 event, taking place in Abidjan since Monday 02 October, has provided an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between Ivorian employers represented by the General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d'Ivoire (Confédération générale des entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire – CGECI) and the French Public Investment Bank (Banque Publique d’Investissements Français – Bpifrance). An agreement was signed between the two entities on the sidelines of the forum, which is taking place for the first time in Africa.