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Wednesday, 01 March 2017

The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) is striving to get the European Union to lift its ban on the exportation of beans from Nigeria to member countries. The Coordinating Director of the agency, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, said all hands are on deck to ensure that the EU lifts the ban before 2019. Noting that the EU ban on Nigerian beans has severely affected the economy, Isegbe said there was a need to avoid future rejection of Nigeria’s agricultural commodities. According to him, the EU had promised to reverse the ban if necessary measures were put in place before 2019.

This budget support report covers an important year for development. The debates in 2015 around the third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Agenda 2030 and the related sustainable development goals have highlighted the global challenges around inclusive growth, inequality and poverty. A key message that emerged from the Addis Ababa conference is that domestic public finance — revenue mobilisation and effective use of resources — provides by far the largest and most stable source available for financing sustainable development.

Easy in (Fiji) Limited’s trading as, Adi Chocolate and Fijiana Cacao, is hoping to secure a market to export chocolate to in the United Kingdom and the European Union countries. Company director Tomohito Zukoshi conrmed this during the launch of the Wainaka Cocoa Association’s Cocoa Processing Unit in Lutu, Naitasiri, on Thursday. Mr Zukoshi said his plans were to create premium chocolate quality and to stabilise the sustainable cocoa production in Fiji. “Chocolate is part of our revitalisation process. If you have a chocolate factory and your turnover is higher and your prot margin is higher than you can support more cocoa farmers,” he said.

Both parties agreed that the EPA marked the strengthening of South Africa-EU trade and investment relations. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana met European Union (EU) ambassador to South Africa Marcus Cornaro on Friday to discuss bilateral trade relations between South Africa and the EU. “The meeting took place in the context of the entry into force of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA group in October 2016,” the trade and industry department and the EU said in a joint statement. Both parties agreed that the EPA marked the strengthening of South Africa-EU trade and investment relations.

Jamaica and the European Union have committed to strengthen the collaboration on building a more effective partnership for growth and development. According to a joint release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union delegation, the committment was made during the third 'Jamaica/EU Political Dialogue' held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on Thursday. In her opening remarks at the dialogue, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said the partnership between EU and Jamaica remains strong and that the EU has made a significant contribution to Jamaica’s development and the wider Caribbean region.