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EDITO
Wednesday, 01 March 2017

The Adentan Municipal Assembly has launched a 820,000 Euro mushroom project, dubbed the ‘Promush Project’, to create 5,500jobs for the youth and persons with disabilities. The three-year project is funded by the European Union(EU) with an amount of 660,000 Euros while the assembly, Centre for Local Governance Advocacy(CLGA) and Local Government Network (LOGNet), contributed a total of 160,000 Euros. Hajia Mahama said the project would use community sensitisation programmes to orient the crop and animal farmers, youth and the general public to see mushroom farming as a viable business venture.

The Government has allocated $17 million for the completion of a project to facilitate increased production and more diversified exports of agricultural and agro-processed products to the European Union market. The allocation to the European Development Fund (EDF) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Capacity Building Project is included in the 2017-18 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the project will complete activities aimed at the accreditation of the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) to issue certification for ISO 22000 & HACCP, as well as training and witness audit overseas and in Jamaica.

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will support the coconut industry in Samoa and Vanuatu as part of a new regional initiative to improve small producer’s business competitiveness. The €3.5 million Coconut Industry Development Project (CIDP) aims to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers in Samoa and Vanuatu, and to share lessons learned to support the development of the regional coconut industries. SPC Project Team Leader, Karen Mapusua, says the call for Expressions of Interest is now open for all involved in the coconut industry including the private sector, farmers’ organisations, and NGOs working with farmers.

The European Union Delegation to T&T has awarded 17 local and regional organisations grants totalling $5 million for projects in governance and human rights. In making the announcement yesterday, head of the EU Delegation in Port-of-Spain Aad Biesebroek acknowledged the important role of civil society groups in shaping government policy, fostering peace and empowering citizens. He also used the occasion to call for proposals from civil society groups involved in business and environmental preservation who are seeking grant funding.

The European Union has announced a launch of a $47.46 billion Africa Economic Development Fund aimed at helping Nigeria and other African countries drive economic growth and development. With the new development Nigeria and some other African countries hope of attracting foreign investments have been renewed by the European Union. According to the vice president of EU Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, the EU is already developing a strategic framework for the implementation and disbursement of the fund. He maintained that the EU is also designing security measures to ensure the fund is effectively and efficiently disbursed.