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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The government of Gabon reacted on Friday after the European Parliament resolution on 17 September calling on Gabon to stop all ‘harassment, intimidation and persecution’ of the opposition and ‘immediately release anyone still wrongfully held’. Libreville refuted all these accusations and condemned what it called the EP’s ‘relentlessness’ and failure to respect the sovereignty of Gabon. ‘The Government of the Republic joins the Gabonese Senate in denouncing this relentless and unjustifiable action,’ said the Minister of Communication and Government spokesman, Alain Claude Bilie By Nze.

On Wednesday, the European Union organised a seminar on an interim report on the evaluation of its cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire. Carried out by a team of independent consultants over the period 2007–2015, this evaluation aims to improve the policies and practices of the European Union in order to enable it to increase the impact of its cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire. According to the report, the consolidation of peace, good governance and strengthening of the state have been key objectives for the EU throughout the reporting period.

A new organisation which aims to bring together businesses in Ghana and Ireland has been launched in Accra. Business Ireland Ghana (BIG) is being set up at a time when trade between Ireland and Ghana is growing. The organisation’s members come from the established Irish business community in Ghana, companies in Ireland looking to expand into Ghana, and Ghanaian businesses with an interest in Ireland. Launching Business Ireland Ghana, the Irish Ambassador to Ghana, Nigeria and ECOWAS, Sean Hoy, said that it was an exciting time to launch the network.

Grape growers were given new hope of exporting their produce through the Port of Lüderitz in the near future. The proposition was tabled by NileDutch's commercial director Leo Huisman during a tablegrape pre-harvest season meeting at Aussenkehr, as he outlined that NileDutch can be the solution to using the Lüderitz port. Namibian grapes are currently exported to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands via Cape Town in South Africa, with the produce moved from Namibia to South Africa by truck. Huisman indicated that NileDutch was ready to provide a reliable and quality service that will ensure the grapes are no longer transported to South Africa before shipment, but shipped to Europe straight from Namibia through Lüderitz Port.

As the 5th Meeting of ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Nassau closed, delegates resolved to create a strategic plan to secure the aquaculture and fisheries sectors of the 79 member countries (of almost one billion people) to bring about foreign exchange, improve job security and food security. Bahamas Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells chaired the week-long meeting and, delighted that the group arrived at a resolution, gave brief remarks to the media at the session’s closing.