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Thursday, 14 December 2017

The European Union Pacific staff took to the beach at My Suva Park on October 3rd for a cleanup campaign. EU Ambassador to Fiji Julian Wilson says every year millions of tons of trash end up in the oceans and the EU and Fiji are determined to prevent the bleak prospect of that becoming a reality.

Botswana president Ian Khama landed in Malta on 1 October for a state visit, during which, Malta and Botswana signed a double taxation avoidance agreement. He was welcomed by Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela. During his visit, Khama will be holding talks with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Speaker Anglu Farrugia, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

The Financing Conference for the Global Partnership for Education will take place in Dakar on 8 February 2018. The financing conference seeks to raise $3.1 billion to support the education of hundreds of millions of children across the world and will be co-hosted by France and Senegal. See you in Dakar! Senegal and France will co-host the Financing Conference for the Global Partnership for Education, which will take place on 8 February 2018 in the Senegalese capital.

Monday, 23 October 2017

The French group Somdiaa announced at the end of September that it was committed, as part of its Sustainable Development Policy, to implementing ‘green harvesting’ in some of its subsidiaries (Cameroon, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire), in particular in the sugar sector. ‘Green harvesting,’ says Somdiaa, ‘has many advantages, including reducing the use of chemical fertilisers thanks to biomass (residual straw) from the harvest.’ The French agro-industrial group hopes that this cultivation technique will also lead to a reduction in the use of herbicides, in soil erosion and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of the sugar cane.

At the Carlton, Madagascar is currently hosting the sixth meeting of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) committee, bringing together all five signatory countries from the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean (EASAIO) region. During the two days of the sixth meeting of the EPA committee, the positive impacts of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union will be discussed, as will barriers to trade development. The entry into force of the EPA since 2012 has allowed a significant increase in trade between Madagascar and the countries of the European Union.