Calls for a post-Brexit return to the Commonwealth ignore the existing privileged EU-Africa trade relationship as well as the UK’s now diminished trade influence, argues Peg Murray-Evans. In a speech to the Institute of Chartered Engineers in February, David Davis MP – now Secretary of State for Exiting the EU – told the audience: ‘The only Commonwealth country to enjoy a free trade agreement with the EU so far is South Africa.’ In fact, there are free trade agreements either awaiting adoption or in force between the EU and 32 Commonwealth countries. Regardless of its accuracy, Davis’s assertion reflects a broader narrative put forward by the ‘liberal leavers’ in the Brexit campaign.
WFP has recently expanded its use of cash transfers to several other camps across Ethiopia, and, with the addition of the two new sites, now supports 10 refugee camps with cash. This increase has been made possible thanks to the valuable support of WFP's donors and, in particular, a new contribution of €85 million (approximately US$92 million) from the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, which will also help strengthen the resilience of Ethiopians affected by El Niño and support the WFP-led logistics cluster. "Despite the immense challenges posed by the worst drought in decades, Ethiopia has maintained its open-door policy for refugees.
The European Commission has released €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to South Sudan in the wake of recent clashes in the country. The donation, the Commission said in a statement, brings to €103 million its total support for the young nation for 2016. An outbreak of violence in the young nation early this month has displaced more than 40,000 people, agencies said, as the renewed fighting threatens peace and stability. "The recent deadly escalation of hostilities in South Sudan is extremely worrying and threatens the very fragile situation in the country. The EU stands by those most in need caught up in the conflict.
The European Commission is providing additional humanitarian assistance to help address the worsening situation in the Lake Chad region. Today the European Commission has announced an additional €12.5 million in humanitarian aid to support people in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as they face a deteriorating humanitarian crisis. Today's additional emergency assistance will help vulnerable populations in the Lake Chad region. €9 million will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2 million in Cameroon and €1.5 million in Niger.
The Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston Recovery Project is calling for proposals to improve the production and trading capabilities of agriculture, forestry and aquaculture farmers whose local and export trade has been adversely affected. IRP is managed by the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the European Union. The EU has provided around $4.6m to support recovery efforts through the IRP project.