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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 215]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 215]
Send date: 2010-03-15 18:16:15
Issue #: 31
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

Main events in the week
  1. Our video guest: Ms. Joyce Van Genderen-Narr
  2. Biodiversity and rural development
  3. Main ACP-EU events of the week of 15th-19th March 2010
  4. EU confirms support for bluefin tuna trade ban
  5. Equality and empowerment of women high on the development agenda
  6. EC sets out strategy to reinvigorate global action after Copenhagen
  7. Strengthening the democratic legitimacy of EU foreign and security policy
  8. EU allocates 5mn euros for funding scientific research in Africa
  9. Shortcomings in EU regional aid for East and West Africa
  10. EU support to regional integration in Africa
  11. Why the EU is not yet a mature development partner
  12. EIB provides largest ever investment in Africa
  13. EU diplomats to benefit from new intelligence hub
  14. No significant intensification of trade or investment restriction
  15. Zimbabwe's Mugabe dismisses renewal of EU sanctions
  16. WTO was first official visit of Karel De Gucht
  17. European Commission Scientific Newsletter Focuses on Climate and Health
  18. Joining up Africa
  19. Launch of the reconstruction phase in Haiti
  20. Transaction tax and debt moratorium necessary for development
  21. European Union increases its aid to Botswana
  22. Aid for trade and climate change financing mechanisms


  1. Our video guest: Ms. Joyce Van Genderen-Narr
    2010-03-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    Our video guest this week is Ms. Joyce Van Genderen-Narr. After attending the Brussels Development Briefing on Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries on Wednesday, 10th March at the Borschette Centre, Ms. Joyce Vangenderen-Naar gave us an overview of the structure and activities of the ACP Civil Society Forum. Ms. Joyce explained to us that, against conventional wisdom, the ACP NGOs don't lack capacities and expertise. According to her, the fundamental problem of ACP NGOs is their lack of coordination and cooperation.

     


    Link E-communication


  2. Biodiversity and rural development
    2010-03-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment

    The 17th Brussels Development Briefing on “Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries” took place on Wednesday 10th March  2010 in the context of the International Year of the Biodiversity. More than 100 experts discussed the key role Biodiversity plays in rural development, especially for ACP countries, and issues such the relationship between poverty and biodiversity.The discussions also covered the interaction of biodiversity and agriculture, the effects of biodiversity loss in hunger and food insecurity, the deforestation and forest certification processes, governance as well as awareness creation issues.

    All presentations are online at: http://brusselsbriefings.net


    Link Read more
    Link Past Briefings
    Link Videos of the last Briefing


  3. Main ACP-EU events of the week of 15th-19th March 2010
    2010-03-12

    European Parliament (Brussels): 
    -16th March: Exchange of views with Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the state of play of trade negotiations
    -17th March: The international trade committee will discuss the Millenium Development Goals
    -17th March: Hearing about the future of the CAP after 2013

    EU Presidency (Brussels):
    - 15th March: Council of the Environment
    -16th March: Council of Economy and Finances

    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    -16th March: Sub-Committe on sustainable development 
    -17th March: Sub-Committee on Trade and Commodity
    -18th March: Committee of Ambassadors
     
    Protocols For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/


    Link Commitee on international development
    Link Spanish Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  4. EU confirms support for bluefin tuna trade ban
    2010-03-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Trade

    European Union ambassadors agreed to propose protecting bluefin tuna as an endangered species on Wednesday (10 March), a move that would effectively ban international trade in the species. The agreement reached by EU governments, based on a proposal from the European Commission last month, was formally adopted by EU energy ministers meeting in Brussels on 11th March. The EU agreement comes ahead of a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) that will take place from 13 to 25 March to consider a number of species, including bluefin tuna, elephants and polar bears.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link CITES
    Link Bluefin tuna in the spotlight


  5. Equality and empowerment of women high on the development agenda
    2010-03-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    On the occasion of International Women's Day and of the 15 th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, the European Commission services have outlined an EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development for the period 2010-2015. This Action Plan aims to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular on gender equality and maternal health, as well as to contribute to attaining other international development goals related to gender equality. The Action Plan suggests actions in areas, such as the organisation of regular political meetings to assess progress on the issue, the setting up of gender databases and analysis and a stronger involvement of civil society.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Gender Equality in Development
    Link Europe for women


  6. EC sets out strategy to reinvigorate global action after Copenhagen
    2010-03-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Commission today set out a strategy to help maintain the momentum of global efforts to tackle climate change. The Communication proposes that the EU swiftly begin implementing last December's Copenhagen Accord, in particular 'fast start' financial assistance to developing countries. In parallel the EU should continue to press for a robust and legally binding global agreement that involves all countries in real climate action. This will require integrating the Copenhagen Accord into the UN negotiations and addressing the weaknesses in the Kyoto Protocol. Active outreach by the EU will be key to promoting support for the UN negotiations and the Commission will undertake this effort in close contact with the Council and with the support of the European Parliament.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link UN Convention on Climate Change
    Link DG Environment


  7. Strengthening the democratic legitimacy of EU foreign and security policy
    2010-03-11

    MEPs believe the EU must enhance its strategic autonomy and conduct a strong and effective foreign, security and defence policy, and mean to use their budgetary power and democratic right to scrutinise these policies, including funding for the EU external action service, say two resolutions adopted on Wednesday 10 March.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EU Foreign and Security Policy
    Link Committee on Foreign Affairs


  8. EU allocates 5mn euros for funding scientific research in Africa
    2010-03-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Egypt announced Monday that the European Union had decided to allocate 15 million euros to African countries to set up joint funds to finance scientific research in the continent. The Egyptian program manager of research and development and innovation, Hamid Zuheiry told reporters Monday on the sidelines of a meeting of experts being held in Cairo to prepare for the Conference of African Ministers of science and technology, to be held in Cairo on Wednesday. He underlined that it was important that the ministerial conference agrees on strengthening intra-African cooperation in the fields of science and technology to achieve a comprehensive scientific renaissance of the continent. He also stressed on the need to manage financial resources provided by foreign parties to Africa, in particular the European Union, Japan, China and South Korea in order to achieve a comprehensive scientific renaissance of the continent.

    Source: APA News


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU science and technology
    Link Knowledge for development


  9. Shortcomings in EU regional aid for East and West Africa
    2010-03-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The European Court of Auditors has analysed whether European Development Fund support for regional economic integration has been effective in East Africa and West Africa, which together account for well over 50 % of the total amount allocated to regional EDF programmes. The Court examined the European Commission’s approach, its management of the support provided and a sample of individual projects and concludes that, overall, EDF support for regional economic integration has so far been only partially effective, due to a number of factors. The Court finds that the occurrence of multiple Regional Organisations with overlapping mandates and membership results in a complex institutional framework. Moreover, despite the Commission’s capacity building support, the Regional Organisations.

    Source: European Court of Auditors


    Link Read more
    Link Regional integration and rural development
    Link EU and Regional Integration


  10. EU support to regional integration in Africa
    2010-03-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Motivated by its own experience over the past fifty years, the European Union (EU) has been a long-standing supporter of regional integration throughout the world, including in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries where there has been a steady expansion, in both depth and breadth, of regional integration initiatives. While the EU experience is a point of reference for integration initiatives within the ACP and other regions, the EU does not promote a “one size fits all approach” in this regard. Thus, within the ACP, the EU tailors its support to the priorities, pace and methods identified by the countries of the region in line with their own integration agendas.

    Source: Trade Negotiations Insights


    Link Read more
    Link Monitoring Regional Integration
    Link Supporting regional integration


  11. Why the EU is not yet a mature development partner
    2010-03-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    In a turbulent world and with development under huge stress, partnership between North and South is key to promoting more inclusive and effective global governance. The European Union (EU) is very vocal about partnerships in its policy statements, but still lacks the capacity to convert this discourse into reality. An urgent problem is that the EU remains a fragmented, isolated organisation, mostly looking inward without understanding the perceptions and priorities of its partners in the developing world.
    This policy brief by Nils-Sjard Schulz concludes that the EU needs to mature as a partner if it wishes to become a credible and strong global actor. Among the possible means of improvement, the EU should invest in partnership contracts and innovative partnership models such as triangular cooperation.

    Source: FRIDE


    Link Read more
    Link Aid Effectiveness
    Link Development Programmes


  12. EIB provides largest ever investment in Africa
    2010-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed the Nigeria Framework Loan which will provide up to EUR 240m to three Nigerian banks: FirstBank of Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank and Stanbic IBTC. The funding will be used to facilitate private and public private partnership infrastructure in the country and ensure continued investment in the sector. The Nigeria Framework Loan represents the largest single investment by the European Investment Bank, the long-term lending institution of the European Union. The Nigeria Framework Loan will focus in infrastructure projects that promote economic development, foster private sector development and create a competitive business environment. These could include among others, projects in the energy, power, transport and telecommunications sectors, and associated manufacturing industries.

    Source: European Investment Bank


    Link Read more
    Link First Bank of Nigeria
    Link Guaranty Trust Bank


  13. EU diplomats to benefit from new intelligence hub
    2010-03-08

    The EU is planning to pull together three intelligence-sharing bureaus based in Brussels to form a new department in the bloc's External Action Service (EAS). The EU's foreign relations chief, Catherine Ashton, is currently drafting a proposal for the future structure of the union's diplomatic corps, with a final paper expected in March. But sources in the EU institutions say she aims to merge into one new department the EU Council's Joint Situation Centre, its Watch-Keeping Capability and the European Commission's Crisis Room to help guide EAS decisions on security matters.

    Source: EU Observer


    Link Read more
    Link EU External Action
    Link A new dawn in EU foreign policy?


  14. No significant intensification of trade or investment restriction
    2010-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The latest report by the WTO, OECD and UNCTAD on G20 trade and investment measures, submitted on 8 March 2010, said that high unemployment rates and uncertainties on global growth point to the need for G20 governments “to remain vigilant in opposing protectionism”. The three agencies urged the G20 leaders to undertake “a clear and stronger commitment to open markets and make concrete their many calls to bring the Doha Round to a rapid conclusion”.

    Source: The World Trade Organization


    Link Read more
    Link Report
    Link UNCTAD


  15. Zimbabwe's Mugabe dismisses renewal of EU sanctions
    2010-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday dismissed the renewal of the European Union (EU) sanctions on his country as a futile attempt by the West to disrupt the country's developmental process.In his first public reaction after Tuesday's extension of the sanctions for another year, Mugabe said the sanctions were designed to curtail progress, but vowed these would not derail government efforts to revive the economy. The EU extended the sanctions which target 200 people and 40 firms linked to Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, citing lack of progress in implementation of a power sharing accord.
    However, the bloc removed six individuals, some of them dead, and nine companies from the sanctions list.


    Source: English People


    Link Read more
    Link EU sanctions list Zimbabwe
    Link EU Relations with Zimbabwe


  16. WTO was first official visit of Karel De Gucht
    2010-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has met with the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy in his first official meeting after taking office. The visit underlines the importance that the European Commission places upon a rules-based multilateral free-trading system and the vital role the WTO plays in ensuring its effectiveness.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Video
    Link EU and the WTO


  17. European Commission Scientific Newsletter Focuses on Climate and Health
    2010-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    11 February 2010: The most recent issue of Science for Environment Policy, the newsletter published by the European Commission to inform policy makers of recent research findings, includes several pieces on climate change and a special thematic issue on climate change and health. The 184th issue includes articles on: four fast-action strategies to tackle abrupt climate change; ten principles of climate change communication; and pricing carbon and tropical deforestation. In addition, the thematic issue on environment and health includes two articles titled “Link between climate change and child health: call for more research” and “Managing infectious disease under climate change which range from chemicals and food, to housing quality and noise.” The editorial underlines the findings of a 2004 report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on childhood disease and environmental risk factors, and the upcoming WHO/Europe.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link WHO Europe
    Link Health and environment


  18. Joining up Africa
    2010-03-08

    The spread, pace and ambition of regional integration in Africa is accelerating. Joining up Africa was a high-level international conference held in London on the 4th March 2010 aiming to bolster support and promote joined-up action for regional economic integration in sub-Saharan Africa. It brought together prominent personalities from African countries, donors, business, academics, NGOs and think tanks.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Regional Strategy Papers 10th EDF
    Link EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund


  19. Launch of the reconstruction phase in Haiti
    2010-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs announced today the release of €100 millions to support recovery activities in Haiti. This amount will be used for the reconstruction of government buildings and key state infrastructures, budget support to help the government maintain essential expenditures such as the payment of salaries, rebuilding of schools and strengthening of the education system, consolidation of the main road around Port-au-Prince, enhancement of civil protection capabilities and technical assistance. These priority needs have been agreed together with the Haitian government. This first envelope will be disbursed from now until May.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EC Cooperation programmes with Haiti
    Link EU Delegation in Haiti


  20. Transaction tax and debt moratorium necessary for development
    2010-03-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Aid effectiveness

    EU Member States must not only deliver on their international aid pledges, but also bring in a financial transactions tax and a temporary debt moratorium, to help developing countries to cope with the effects of the global financial and economic crisis, said the Development Committee on Monday. Member States are also urged to earmark at least 25% of the EU's CO2 emission trading revenue to help developing countries to deal with the effects of climate change.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Committee on Development
    Link Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative


  21. European Union increases its aid to Botswana
    2010-03-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The country’s National Development Plan 10 (NDP 10) got a shot in the arm after the European Union (EU) increased its aid to Botswana by 15 percent to P650 million just before the presentation of the 2010/11 Development budget. The financing agreements are for the Human Resources Development Sector Policy Support (HRD SPSP) and the Support to Botswana – EU Cooperation (BEUC) Projects funded under the European Development Fund (EDF) 10. Last week, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Kenneth Matambo and the Head of Delegation of the EU to Botswana, Ambassador Paul Malin, signed two financing agreements totalling P650 million to be provided as grant aid for human resource development.  The EU works in Botswana in a few key areas, including education, economic diversification, public finance management and support to non-state actors. The P105 million top up approved last December results from an assessment by the EU of Botswana’s losses in export earnings in 2008 due to falls in diamond sales. The total allocation from the European Union Development Fund to support Botswana’s NDP 10 is now P835 million.

    Source: The Botswana Gazette


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with Botswana
    Link EU's Delegation to Botswana


  22. Aid for trade and climate change financing mechanisms
    2010-03-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Trade and climate change issues are intricately linked, especially in Africa, whose economies rest on agriculture, a sector that is highly vulnerable to climate change. The cumulative evidence shows that sub-Saharan Africa will be the most affected region of the world. Climate change-induced events, such as droughts, global warming and sea-level rise, will have substantial impacts on Africa’s agricultural crops, livestock and fisheries, water resources, coastal zones, infrastructure, as well as human health. This brief focuses on the links between climate change-adaptation measures adopted by African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Vulnerable Economies (SVEs) and their trade impacts. Africa’s position in world trade is marginal, and various factors, including Africa’s geography, concentration on low-value, inefficient agriculture, distorted policies, deficient infrastructure and poor institutional support, have prevented AfricanLDCs and SVEs from taking advantage of existing market access privileges to integrate the world economy in ways that make an impact on economic development and
    poverty alleviation.

    Source: ACP-EU-Trade


    Link Read more
    Link ACP countries and climate change
    Link Economic aspects of climate change



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