Tobias Ellwood, the UK Minister for Africa and the Middle East, and Baroness Northover, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy visited Angola this week for calls with senior ministers covering the wide range of areas in which the UK and Angola work together.In his first visit to Angola, minister Ellwood met senior Angolan ministers. These important discussions were built on the progress made during the visit of his predecessor, James Duddridge, in 2016, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UK and Angola covering the political, economic and commercial bilateral relationship. As well as discussing bilateral relations, discussions focused on the region and the international agenda. Not only is Angola a valued UK partner in terms of trade, but we have the same objectives in terms of regional and international peace and security Ahead of his visit, Mr Ellwood said: I am delighted to be visiting Angola for the first time and look forward to discussing areas of mutual interest to our two countries.
Spain’s Citrus Management Committee (CGC) has claimed South African citrus exporters are avoiding the Mediterranean country’s ports in favor of the Netherlands as Dutch points of entry are allegedly far less “effective” at detecting citrus black spot (CBS). The CGC claimed it had seen unspecified documents from the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) which it said showed that Dutch inspections during the 2014 campaign were 24-times less effective than Spanish inspections for the CSB-causing Gignardia Citricarpa pathogen. It alleged that it was because of this that the Netherlands received the highest volumes of South African citrus in Europe. It went on to claim that inspections were not carried out in the Netherlands by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, but a private company called Kwaliteits Controle Bureau (KCB) headed up by Dutch produce importers.
Council of the EU and European Council
20 February: Eurogroup
20-21 February: Competitiveness Council
21 February: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
22 February: Coreper I and Coreper II
14 February: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "Sustainability efforts in the garment value chain"
The latest Brussels Development Briefing n.47 on the subject of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities” took place on 3rd February 2017 in Brussels at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels) from 09:00 to 13:00. This Briefing was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA),in collaboration with IFPRI, the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat. The Briefing promoted exchange of views and experiences around: (1) the latest developments and status of regional trade in Africa, specifically in the agricultural sector (2) the key trends driving regional integration in Africa, from the regional institutions, as well as the private sector; (3) the role of partnerships, particularly PPPs, and between the African regions and international bodies, to address bottlenecks and the major barriers to enhancing regional agricultural trade.
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