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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ambrosetti organized, in partnership with multinational South African pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare, the Roundtable “South Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership – Strengthening economic relations and cooperation and fostering social innovation”, a gathering for high-level debate on strategies and priorities to advance SA-EU collaboration. This event is part of the program of activities of the Observatory on Europe, The European House – Ambrosetti 12 years-old European think tank on competitiveness and integration of the EU, which provides strategic analysis and recommendations to improve the EU’s integration process and bolster European competitiveness.

In the midst of rising trade protectionism among advanced western economies, African countries must work to sustain ongoing efforts to achieve structural transformation of African economies and enhance their integration into the global economy. African and global trade experts said this at the just concluded meeting of the African-Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Kigali. They highlighted that the increasing adoption of policies restricting trade among countries poses a threat to African economies. Dr Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of Board of Directors, Afreximbank, said that the continent, however, has all the ingredients required to accelerate African trade.

Sahel Capital, fund manager for the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (“FAFIN”), is pleased to announce the successful $65.9 million final close of its debut fund. As part of this close, the African Development Bank, CDC Group, and the Dutch Good Growth Fund have jointly committed $31 million to FAFIN, joining existing co‐sponsors of the fund to drive agricultural transformation in Nigeria. As part of this round, KfW Development Bank has also offered to increase its commitments to FAFIN by an additional $10 million, subject to final approvals, which if provided would increase the fund size to $76 million by December 2017.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 will take place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva on 11 — 13 July 2017. This year's Global Review is dedicated to the theme of “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development”, and will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to look at how Aid for Trade can contribute to the integration of developing countries and least developed countries into the multilateral trading system and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Friday, 07 July 2017

Council of the EU and European Council

10 July: Eurogroup
11 July: Coreper I
12 July: Coreper II
European Parliament
10 & 13 July: Parliament Committee Meeting
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