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Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries has partnered with the European Union in the development of a sustainable energy implementation plan for Trinidad and Tobago. The plan was prepared by the EU Technical Assistance Facility and presented to parliamentary secretary Nicole Olivierre yesterday during a ceremony at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. Olivierre said the plan was a significant milestone that provides a workable solution to transitioning the country’s fossil fuel-based energy system to one that is diversified and sustainable. “In light of the many changes in the local and international energy sphere, we are obligated to take appropriate steps to transition our energy systems,” she said.

A multi-million-dollar European Union (EU) irrigation infrastructure support to smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe has started to pay dividends, with farmers in Mutema Irrigation Scheme, Chipinge district, harvesting their first banana crop with a ready market. The EU is disbursing the six million euro fund through the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and so far, $200 000 has been invested in the Mutema scheme, which is now helping over 100 farmers who have a quarter-hectare plot each. Themba Mundidini is excited about the prospect of his first harvest from the scheme after four failed attempts, as they did not have efficient irrigation infrastructure.

The EU delegation to Nigeria said the 6th edition of the European Union-Nigeria Business Forum will place emphasis on the role of young people in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and agribusiness. Filippo Amato, Counsellor and Head of Trade and Economics Section for the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS disclosed this during a press conference in Lagos recently. The theme of the conference ‘Youth as an Engine of Broad-based Economic Transformation’ is apt, according to Amato, because it brings attention to a segment of the Nigerian population that has increasingly contributed to the economy of the country. The theme, he added, aligns with the forthcoming Africa Union and EU summit later this year.

In October 2017, European sugar quotas will be abolished. Mauritian sugar will thus face increased competition, given the liberalisation of the world market. Faced with this situation, what are the issues that Mauritian sugar needs to confront? How can it stand out in the market? Let’s take stock: in a month’s time, international competition will be drowning us in sugar. On 30 September, the European sugar regime will come to an end. This means a liberalisation of the market, which will put local and international cane sugar producers in the same boat, as well as beet sugar producers.

Monday, 02 October 2017

Europeans and Mauritanians have today begun a joint commission in Brussels to evaluate the agreement. It is the most important bilateral fisheries agreement for the European Union (EU) from the economic point of view. The Spanish fleet calls for improvements in access to the waters of the North African country. Representatives from the EU and Mauritania will meet until Friday to discuss the fisheries agreement, which proves interesting to the Spanish fleet. The agreement with the African country is the main EU protocol from the economic point of view. It offers licenses for about 56 Spanish ships and concerns the fleet of Andalusia, Galicia and the Canary Islands. In return, the EU pays EUR 57.5 million per year to Mauritania.