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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

CTA in collaboration with the African Union, the European Commission and UNIDO held a high-level panel discussion on "Leading the change: Empowering women and girls for a thriving rural economy - Enhancing policy dialogue and cooperation on strengthening the role of women and girls in agriculture and rural areas", on June 6 during the European Development Days 2018 in Brussels.

The panel focused on how public and private responsible investments mobilise, incentivise and empower women and girls in the rural economy in Africa.The objective is to better coordinate African Union and European Union initiatives to increase investments in African sustainable agriculture, agribusiness and agroindustrial development.

CTA in collaboration with the ACP Secretariat and TradeCom held a lab debate on "Investing in ACP Women’s Graduation from the Informal Economy - Supporting Women Entrepreneurs to Effectively Push Back the Frontiers of Poverty, Informal Economy, Unemployment, Inclusiveness through EPAs’’, on June 6 during the European Development Days 2018 in Brussels.

Sustained trade expansion and economic growth in the ACP countries provides the needed hope that the sought success in pushing back the frontiers of poverty, informal economy, youth unemployment and trade inclusiveness is within reach. IMF’s latest statistics confirms that the majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world through 2020 will be in Africa. Intra-ACP trade is growing. Caribbean and Pacific countries are strengthening their frontier status in the sector of trade in services.

CTA in collaboration with the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, TradeCom II, the Panafrican Farmers Organisation (PAFO) and Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), organized a lab debate on "Going Digital: Sustainable development in agriculture for women: supporting women’s access to ICTs for agriculture and promoting’’, on June 5 during the European Development Days 2018 in Brussels.

This lab presented digitalisation opportunities for women and by women in agriculture and discussed how they can be leveraged for improved livelihoods.

The European Union is making its budget fit for its role as strong global actor. What did the EU propose today? The European Commission proposes to increase the external action budget to €123 billion for the period 2021-2027. Up from €94.5 billion in the period 2014-2020, this represents an increase of 30%. At the same time, it is proposing to significantly simplify its structure and make it much more flexible and effective to address today's global challenges.

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase the external action budget to €123 billion, to significantly simplify its structure, and make it much more flexible and effective to address today's global challenges. The external action budget will be the EU's main tool to support its partner countries in their political and economic transformations towards sustainable development, stability, consolidation of democracy, socio-economic development and the eradication of poverty.