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Sunday, 01 May 2016

EU trade tariffs mean Germany makes more from African coffee than Africa does.African farmers are being condemned into prolonged poverty by EU trade rules, a pro-Brexit Tory MP claimed today. James Cleverly branded European Union policy against Africa as “morally repugnant” as he set out why the UK should be able to secure its own trade deals with the continent. The Braintree MP cited research showing that Germany makes more money from selling coffee than the whole of Africa as an example of the EU’s “protectionism”.

The Head, Trade and Economics Section of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Filippo Amato, said the EU has provided 19million pounds (about N5.6billion) grants to Nigeria through the National Planning Commission (NPC) to drive the diversification of the economy from oil to non-oil. Speaking during the final national training on standards on code of practices for Nigerian agricultural products for exportation in Abuja, he said the grant was implemented through the Nigerian Private Sector Competitiveness Support Programme and aims to improve the business and investment climate through the improvement and implementation of regulatory reforms, especially in the areas of competition policy, land titling and business licensing with pilots in Kano State.

Papua New Guinea is ready to host the 8th ACP Heads of State and Government Summit to be held in Port Moresby from 30 May to 1 June 2016. In an interview with PACNEWS in Dakar, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato said he has assured colleagues at the 103rd Session of the ACP Council of Ministers that the Leaders will be looked after in a true Pacific Way. “PNG is honoured; we see this as a privilege to bring a major event representing 79 countries of member states of the ACP which will come from Africa, Caribbean and off-course our own Leaders from the Pacific Islands.

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers meeting in Senegal has asked for the European Union (EU) to resume stalled negotiations on Economic Partnership agreements with the regional economic communities. The Caribbean is the only region to have ratified a full regional agreement, which is currently being implemented. Three others - West Africa Community, the East African Community, and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) EPA group - have signed. Under the agreement countries will have the duty and quota free access to European markets. Economic Partnership Agreements are geared towards allowing African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to export more goods to Europe.

The Namibian Standards Institution has announced that it is collaborating with the ACP European Union's Technical Barriers to Trade Programme to assist them to achieve their strategic objectives in a number of areas. The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) is Namibia's National Standards Body (NSB) responsible for coordinating all standardisation and quality assurance activities in the country, and represents Namibia at regional and international standardisation activities. In a statement issued on Tuesday, NSI corporate communications officer Joanette Eises said the project aims to make recommendations for incorporating a new national quality policy into comprehensive national quality infrastructure that includes the developing of national standards and the provision of testing, inspection and certification activities for Namibian products and services.