On June 13, just days before the U.K. referendum, the African Union announced that it would launch a single African passport — a move that came as a refreshing shift from looking at borders to keep out risks to viewing borders as gateways to achieve higher economic development. The e-Passport, which officially launched on July 17, is an electronic document that permits all AU passport holders to enter any of the 54 AU member states without visa requirements. Much like the efforts that shaped the EU, the AU passport is a big step toward deeper integration among African nations by mobilizing the vast, wide-ranging resources to strengthen self-reliance and economic solidarity.
The United Kingdom backs the East African Community (EAC) signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, its envoy to Rwanda has said, warning that failure do so would be "regretful". "The reason we support the EPA strongly is because we think it is a very good deal, particularly for the EAC. For any country that expects to become a middle income economy in the next few years, this offers, by the far, the best opportunity to ensure market access in the EU," British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Ambassador William Gelling, said.
A united Europe can have a beneficial impact on African development, writes Giles Merritt of the think tank Friends of Europe, but if things go wrong, it will suffer the impacts of African disasters. His message is: “For Europe, Africa spells trouble and opportunity.” Merritt is a former Brussels correspondent for the Financial Times and considers himself a “sceptical Europhile”. His think tank is based in Brussels. In his recent book, which has the title “Slippery slope – Europe's troubled future”, he takes stock of various major trends hat affect the EU, elaborating many issues that I do not want to tackle here.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday received confirmation of a contribution of over 4.3 million USD from Germany towards the food needs of refugees sheltered in Ethiopia. In a press realese sent The Ethiopian Herald , the WFP said the new funding will help the program to provide monthly food rations and cash-based transfers for over 600,000 refugees from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia for the rest of 2016 and for the next two years. German Ambassador to Ethiopia Joachim Schmidt said " For Germany, refugee issues have a high political priority. We are happy to provide this contribution in order to improve the living conditions of refugees in Ethiopia."
The Netherlands has affirmed that it would continue focusing on providing Tanzania with knowledge and skills on priority sector of agriculture and food security in helping the country's transformation. Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Hinke Nauta, said in Dar es Salaam recently that the agriculture and food security gained more attention because the Netherlands and Tanzania have longstanding cooperation on the sector. She noted this at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam during the farewell part for 50 Tanzanians who have been selected under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) to go for studies in Netherlands.