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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 226]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 226]
Send date: 2010-06-03 18:55:35
Issue #: 42
Content:
Bulletin CTA
 
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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. 19th Brussels Briefing on Youth and rural development in ACP countries
  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 7th to 11th June 2010
  3. Our video guest this week: Mr. Aboubacar Savadogo
  4. Public consultation on future EU trade policy
  5. Creation of the EU-LAC Foundation
  6. EPAs threaten diversification – CSPR
  7. Farmers' group in appeal over agriculture policy
  8. Outermost regions demand special treatment in Europe
  9. What future for ACP agricultural products in the new CAP?
  10. Report on EU-Africa fishing agreements
  11. EU funding for anti-tsetse project in Africa
  12. EU ministers agree broad outline for climate aid
  13. Commissioner Piebalgs attends Africa-France Summit
  14. Farm ministers want global recognition of EU agri-food model
  15. EU ready to sign a deal in Cancún
  16. East Africa hopeful for EU trade deal soon
  17. Farmers oppose relaunch of EU-Mercosur trade talks
  18. European newspapers devote only 3.5% to development issues
  19. COMESA and EU sign a 20 million Euro Agro Input Project
  20. MEPs restate opposition to food derived from cloned animals
  21. ITU, UNESCO announce global Broadband Commission
  22. EU-LAC SUMMIT
  23. German businesses turning to Africa
  24. Joint Statement on the occasion of the Africa Day 2010
  25. African Economic Outlook
  26. EU calls on trading partners to remove protectionist barriers


  1. 19th Brussels Briefing on Youth and rural development in ACP countries
    2010-06-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Archive

    The 19th Brussels Development Briefing will be on Youth and rural development in ACP countries and will take place on 16th June 2010 (8h30-13h00) at the Borschette Center. This Briefing will discuss the challenges and opportunities for future ACP young farmers and the potential of rural youth in terms of employment, income generation, access to financial services, investment and ICTs as well as provision of formal and non-formal agricultural education and social services. The Briefing will also look at the policy options favourable in support of young farmers and their contribution to development thinking. Speakers include the World Bank, IFAP, FAO, CEJA, MIJARC, YPARD and experiences from the field.

    Kindly register with: boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int


    Link  Read more
    Link Video material of last Briefing
    Link Previous Briefings


  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 7th to 11th June 2010
    2010-06-03

    European Parliament (Brussels):
    - 10th June: Meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on MDGs
    EU Presidency:
    - 8th June (Luxembourg): Council of Economy and Finances
    - 9th to 10th June (Madrid): Senior level meeting on development cooperation
    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    - 7th June: ACP Day
    - 8th to 9th June: Committee of Ambassadors


    For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/


    Link European Parliament
    Link Spanish EU Presidency
    Link AC¨P Secretariat


  3. Our video guest this week: Mr. Aboubacar Savadogo
    2010-06-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Food Security

    In the follow up of last week's video guest, the theme of the current video interview is the role of regions in development cooperation. However, unlike last week, our video guest this week is a policy maker from an ACP region and not from a region of the EU. Mr. Aboubacar Savadogo is the President of the Council of the northern region in Burkina Faso. He is also the secretary general of the association of regions in Burkina Faso. On the occasion of his participation at the Brussels Development Briefing on humanitarian assistance and rural development (12 May 2010), Mr. Savadogo accorded to us an interview about the role of ACP regions in development cooperation. He explains that the decentralization process in Burkina Faso has increased the jurisdiction of regions over development policy issues. Mr. Savadogo, also speaks about the different associations through which the regions in ACP countries cooperate with other regions in the world to achieve rural development goals such as food security.
    Link Watch the video
    Link Briefing on Humanitarian assistance
    Link Regions of Burkina Faso


  4. Public consultation on future EU trade policy
    2010-06-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Following the 'Europe 2020' paper adopted by the European Commission on 3 March 2010, the European Commission is now launching a broad public consultation on the future direction of EU trade policy. The Commission's intention is to set out its policy during autumn 2010, explaining how trade policy can help achieve the objectives of the 'Europe 2020' Strategy. The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from relevant stakeholders regarding the rationale, scope and strategic objectives for a future EU trade policy. The consultation is open to all stakeholders within the EU and in third countries. The Commission services will prepare a report on the Consultation which will be published on DG TRADE's website.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link The questionnaire
    Link EU-ACP Trade


  5. Creation of the EU-LAC Foundation
    2010-06-02

    On 18 May, in Madrid during the VI EU-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit, Heads of State and Government will announce the creation of the European Union-Latin America and Caribbean (EU-LAC) Foundation. The European Commission is contributing to the Foundation with €3 million euros up to 2013.The EU-LAC Foundation will contribute to the strengthening of the EU-LAC bi-regional partnership process involving participation and inputs of civil society and other social actors to encourage further mutual knowledge, understanding and visibility between both regions. Launching activities and fostering new networking opportunities among civil society actors will be the basis of the Foundation's tasks. This new institution will be financially supported by EU-LAC countries and the European Commission. During the V EU-LAC Summit in Lima, it was decided “to consider the creation of an EU-LAC Foundation conceived as a trigger for debate on common strategies and actions aimed at strengthening our bi-regional partnership as well as enhancing its visibility”. With this view, leaders set up an Open Bi-Regional Working Group to discuss and agree on a proposal for the Foundation.

    Source: DG Relex


    Link Read more
    Link DG Relex
    Link European commission


  6. EPAs threaten diversification – CSPR
    2010-06-02

    Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) executive director Patrick Mucheleka says the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) threaten the diversification of Zambia’s economy from mining to other sectors including agriculture, as the country will not be able to compete evenly with the European Union (EU) products.Mucheleka yesterday said Zambia mainly relies on the export of minerals, therefore its diversification efforts especially in the agricultural sector stand threatened by the EPAs.“The implication of the EPAs especially on agriculture which remains the major activity of the people is that our farmers cannot evenly compete with the farmers from the EU who are heavily subsidised,” he said. Mucheleka explained that on average, the EU spends over 365 billion Euros per year on farm subsidies under the EU Common Agricultural Policy.He further explained that in the case of Zambia, where there was no form of major support to make them more competitive, the situation created was a clear elimination of Zambian farmers from being beneficiaries in any meaningful way and this would only go towards the perpetuation of high levels of poverty.

    Source: The Post Zambia

     


    Link Read more
    Link CIVIL Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR)
    Link grants of the European Union


  7. Farmers' group in appeal over agriculture policy
    2010-06-02

    A parliamentary hearing on the EU's agriculture policy heard that "direct payments" to farmers "must continue" after 2013.  Gerd Sonnleitner said this was all the more important at a time of market volatility and growing world food demand. The hearing, organised by parliament's ALDE group, comes amid ongoing public consultation on the future of the common agriculture policy (CAP) after the next EU spending period in 2013. The CAP, a system of EU subsidies and programmes, represents some 48 per cent of the EU budget whose aim is to provide farmers with a reasonable standard of living, consumers with quality food at fair prices, and to preserve rural heritage. There has been considerable criticism of CAP and reforms of the system are currently underway reducing import controls and, possibly, the overall size of the budget.

    Source: The Parliament.com


    Link Read more
    Link ALDE group
    Link CAP reform


  8. Outermost regions demand special treatment in Europe
    2010-06-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    Political leaders from the EU’s outermost regions (ORs) argue that their special status merits tailor-made strategies and exemptions from a number of key European policies.The two-day forum, hosted by the Spanish EU Presidency, was the first of its kind and included delegates from as far as the South American continent (Guyana) and the Indian Ocean (Reunion) who came to present their demands to some of the EU’s biggest hitters. In particular, delegates remarked upon the heavyweight presence of French Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier, who rushed from vital EU meetings on banking regulations to deliver a keynote address. Delegates speaking to EurActiv on condition of anonymity argued that Barnier would have been compelled to attend and represent the French national interest, given that six of the nine ORs are French. However, Barnier argued that he has a longstanding relation with these “ultrapériphériques” (outermost regions), both as a former EU commissioner for regional policy and as a forceful backer of Article 349 of the Lisbon Treaty, which gave official recognition to the ORs’ status.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Europe’s remotest regions
    Link EU Regional Policy


  9. What future for ACP agricultural products in the new CAP?
    2010-06-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Trade

    On 25-28 May, Tradecom Facility organized an Expert Meeting on the trade of ACP agricultural products within the new European Union Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). During the meeting, Assistant Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, Mr Achille Bassilekin III reminded participants of the key points that would facilitate the discussions, noting that, although the CAP is a mechanism intended to regulate internal EU policy, any changes to EU domestic agricultural policy will have an impact on trade and development in ACP countries. For example, in 2008, the EU represented 60 percent of total exports of agricultural and food products from ACP countries, and 29 percent of their imports of the same products. Agriculture is also a key sector in the economies of ACP countries in terms of GDP, employment and foreign exchange, and is therefore a powerful tool in food security and rural development. Consequently, the CAP should not be reformed to the detriment of ACP export interests on the EU market; more specifically, it is important to minimize the negative impact of the reform on key products for ACP economies (palm oil, tobacco, coconuts, copra oil, sugar, bananas, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, cotton, rice and beef). Mr Bassilekin III further outlined the challenges facing ACP countries as a result of the CAP reform in 2013: the coherence between the CAP and EPAs; the results of multilateral negotiations and free exchange agreements between the Commission and third-party countries with new instruments to maintain access to income for ACP exports; the effects of climate change on exporters, in particular, carbon footprint labelling for agricultural products imported into Europe, and the accompanying measures imposed. Mr Bassilekin III encouraged participants to adopt a proactive approach in order to anticipate and evaluate the impact of various scenarios of CAP reform procedures, and attempt to influence the process to the benefit of ACP countries; to set up appropriate measures in close cooperation with the EU in order to minimize the negative impact of the reform on ACP economies; and finally, to define an adaptation strategy that would ensure a degree of autonomous development in agriculture, with the obvious aim of reducing our susceptibility to changes in the CAP and its influence on our agricultural exports.

    Source: Speech by Mr Achille Bassilekin III, Assistant Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States

     


    Link Read the Speech
    Link ACP Secretariat
    Link Tradecom Facility


  10. Report on EU-Africa fishing agreements
    2010-06-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    On 6 April, France's Economic, Social and Environmental Council published a report on fisheries partnership agreements (FPA) between the European Union and African states. As part of its review of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) post-2013, the European Commission published a Green Paper followed by a period of consultation that was open to all European citizens. The Paper raises the question of the future of FPAs, many of which are currently being renegotiated or will be in the next three years. In addition, 2010 marks the beginning of a long series of debates within the Council and the European Parliament followed by fierce negotiations that will lead by joint decision to the adoption of the next CFP review.The Economic, Social and Environmental Council has therefore put forward its own contribution to the debate in order to maximize the benefits of the partnership framework under the FPAs. Taking into account the advantages and failings of the current agreements, the CESE aims to situate its analysis in a broader context, given the global challenges that are directly affecting fishery activities, including the depletion of ecosystems and stocks; intensified competition between fleets; the rise of illegal fishing; threats to food security; and poverty reduction.

    Source: France's Economic, Social and Environmental Council


    Link Read the report
    Link Conseil économique et social
    Link DG Fisheries


  11. EU funding for anti-tsetse project in Africa
    2010-06-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The European Union (EU) and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) have signed a financial agreement totalling 1.5 million euros to support a new project that will enable livestock holders in Africa, particularly pastoralists and agropastoralists, to access a revolutionary new device to combat tsetse flies that has been developed by the research centre. The technology involves the use of repellent collars, which contain either synthetic equivalents of the odours of animals that tsetse flies tend to avoid, for instance Waterbucks, or chemicals developed through molecular optimization of natural repellents found in the urine of cows. Worn around the neck of the cattle, these repellent collars slowly release the chemicals, thereby protecting the animals from the flies. The three-year project, which will be coordinated by Dr Rajinder K. Saini, Principal Scientist at ICIPE, is funded under the EU Food Security Thematic Programme Strategic Priority 1: Supporting the delivery of international public goods contributing to food security through research and technology. In Nairobi last Wednesday, Dr Peter Sturesson, Counsellor for Rural Development at the EU Delegation to Kenya, noted that by funding the project the EU Mission recognizes the importance of the livestock sector for the improved well-being of communities across Africa, especially that of the pastoralists who will benefit most from the ICIPE technology.

    Source: Afriqueavenir.org


    Link Read more
    Link ICIPE


  12. EU ministers agree broad outline for climate aid
    2010-06-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    EU finance ministers endorsed a report laying down Europe's priorities on climate aid for developing countries but left open details of how they will share the costs. Ahead of the Copenhagen climate conference in December, the EU promised to offer poor countries €2.4 billion a year in "fast-start finance" between 2010 and 2012. But while the report confirms the sums agreed, it falls short on detail, notably regarding how EU member states will share the costs between themselves. The EU appears to be taking care not to set a precedent for future international negotiations on climate financing with its fast-track funding pledges. Ministers stress that the fast-track contributions are voluntary pledges and therefore not based on any distribution key. The voluntary nature of the funds was a concession to a bloc of Eastern European member states, who were concerned about putting an extra financial burden on their economies.

    Source:


    Link Read more
    Link Council's conclusions on climate finance


  13. Commissioner Piebalgs attends Africa-France Summit
    2010-06-01

    Today and tomorrow, Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, along with Heads of State and Government from African continent and representatives of international institutions, will be taking part in the XXV Africa-France Summit in Nice. Whilst representing the European Commission, the Commissioner will take part in debates on Africa's role in global governance, peace and security and also climate and development policy. Commissioner Piebalgs will also hold a series of bilateral meetings. European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs said: " The Africa-France Summit is a valuable opportunity to discuss with our African partners our common challenges and define common solutions, in the framework of the broader Africa-EU Strategic Partnership. I will remind that the Commission strongly calls for a bigger role and representation of Africa on the global scene. This would help all of us to better address the challenges of governance, peace and security, and climate change. In addition, we have to ensure a better integration of the private sector whose contribution is crucial." EU Commissioner Piebalgs will also hold bilateral meetings with some African Heads of States, and the Chairman of the African Union in the framework of the preparation of the upcoming EU-Africa Summit in November 2010.
    Link Read more
    Link EU Strategy for Africa
    Link Africa-EU Partnershio


  14. Farm ministers want global recognition of EU agri-food model
    2010-06-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    EU agriculture ministers said that the EU should benefit more from the bloc's high standards of sustainable farm policy in terms of international trade. Discussing the international competitiveness of the European agri-food model on the 17th May2010, the majority of EU-27 farm ministers agreed that the EU model is "not sufficiently recognised at international level". The ministers acknowledged the cost that EU standards impose on Europe's farmers, but insisted that the sustainable nature of the model can be a positive factor in terms of trade. They discussed options to take advantage of this in international trade. Options discussed included applying all EU standards to imports (reciprocity), exporting the EU model to third countries bilaterally or through international organisations, and explaining the added value of strict European standards by promotion campaigns or labelling.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Statement of farmer's organisations
    Link Agriculture and Trade


  15. EU ready to sign a deal in Cancún
    2010-06-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The EU will be ready to sign a post-2012 international climate change deal this year, said Europe’s climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard said. “Copenhagen did not result in the deal we all hoped for,” she said, speaking at an International Institute for Environment and Development event in London. “We still need a binding agreement and the EU will be ready to sign up to a new treaty as early as Mexico.”“The carbon market is essential” to a new deal, Hedegaard said, adding that this is one area where progress is “urgently needed” in the negotiations – especially as it has the potential to generate $38 billion of finance a year, she said, citing a Commission report from last year. And while the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has been a success, it needs to be along sectoral lines, she said, repeating previous calls from the EU that the CDM should be scaled up and applied to entire industry sectors, rather than individual projects.

    Source : Carbon-financeonline.com


    Link Read more
    Link DG Environment-climate change
    Link Draft report on climate change


  16. East Africa hopeful for EU trade deal soon
    2010-06-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The EAC and the European Union have been at loggerheads for months over signing the so-called Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which was designed to replace preferential trade deals the World Trade Organisation has struck down. EAC members Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda initialled the EPA deal in 2007 and secured EU market access. But the countries have refused to sign the agreement, meaning there are no legally binding commitments. The deal was meant to be signed last July, but the deadline passed due to haggling over trade and development issues."My understanding is that they are coming round to accommodating us as far as the development issues are concerned, so we see a very positive way forward in concluding the framework agreement," EAC Secretary-General Juma Mwapachu told Reuters. The EU said in February it wanted a clear timetable for signing the deal, but Tanzania’s trade minister said then the EAC would not budge unless Brussels gave firm commitments on development assistance, especially for infrastructure. The EAC has a gross domestic product of $73.3 billion and a population of close to 127 million. It has a customs union, and a common market is due to take effect in July.
    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link East African Community Portal
    Link DG Trade


  17. Farmers oppose relaunch of EU-Mercosur trade talks
    2010-05-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Union and the Mercosur group of four South American countries relaunched talks on Monday (17 May) aimed at creating the world's largest trading bloc despite warnings that a deal could hurt EU farmers. Interest in creating a free-trade zone representing 750 million people with annual commerce worth nearly €100 billion ($123 billion) has grown since the start of the financial crisis and delays to the Doha round of world trade talks.Mercosur - Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay - and the 27-country EU will hold a first round of talks in July. The relaunch was strongly criticised by European farmers. Many EU farm ministers earlier on Monday in Brussels warned against reviving the talks, saying a deal would put thousands of European farmers out of business.

    Source: EUractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Mercosur Summit Joint Communiqué
    Link Farmer's organization Press Relase


  18. European newspapers devote only 3.5% to development issues
    2010-05-31

    A study of nine mainstream Spanish, French and British newspapers released on 6 May reveals that only 3.5 % of their content is devoted to news about development co-operation. The research was carried out by the journalism department at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in partnership with IPS and the Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation, AECID.  The most popular themes for news coverage about development co-operation are governance and democracy (31%), environmental protection (21.9%) and global governance (18.2%), representing over 70% of the total. In terms of journalistic genre, the research found that 80% were news articles and 20% were editorials. However, front page coverage is proportionally greater in the newspapers analysed (up to 4.8%) when compared to the general content average (3.5%). The front page coverage skews towards humanitarian aid during catastrophes, environmental protection and global governance. In geographic terms, news published in the leading newspapers of the country were not always proportionally related to the regions receiving most of the government’s official development aid. It is also worth highlighting that articles with a critical view on cooperation or development aid represent a mere 3.2% of the total of journalistic pieces on cooperation.

    Source: Inter Press News Agency


    Link Read more
    Link Spanish Development Agency


  19. COMESA and EU sign a 20 million Euro Agro Input Project
    2010-05-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the European Union have signed a Euro 20 million contribution agreement to support the COMESA agro inputs project known as COMRAP.
    This will contribute to improving rural household food security and livelihoods in the COMESA region. More specifically, over the next two years, the project will improve smallholders’ access to agricultural inputs and will improve the regional legal frameworks so as to increase agricultural productivity. The project will alleviate the constraints faced by smallholder farmers who want to access seeds, fertilisers and financing in order to increase the volume of their staple crop production.

    Source: COMESA


    Link Read more
    Link EU and COMESA
    Link Supporting regional integration


  20. MEPs restate opposition to food derived from cloned animals
    2010-05-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    The European Parliament's environment committee has voted not to authorise the entry of any food derived from cloned animals onto EU markets, putting MEPs on a collision course with the European Commission and the EU's Council of Ministers. The Parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee reaffirmed yesterday (4 May) the House's first-reading decision to entirely exclude food derived from cloned animals and their offspring from the EU's novel foods regulation. Instead, MEPs asked the Commission to present a separate legislative proposal on the matter. The new report follows a 2008 Parliament resolution calling for a ban on cloning for food supply purposes and an embargo on imports of cloned animals, their produce and offspring.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Cloning
    Link  DG Health and Consumers


  21. ITU, UNESCO announce global Broadband Commission
    2010-05-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    ITU and UNESCO today announced the establishment of a top level Broadband Commission for Digital Development which will define strategies for accelerating broadband rollout worldwide and examine applications that could see broadband networks improve the delivery of a huge range of social services, from healthcare to education, environmental management, safety and much more. The new Commission will comprise some 30 top names from around the world, representing not just technology leaders, but leaders from across a wide range of business and social sectors. It is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Mr Carlos Slim Hélu, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Grupo Carso. ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré and UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, will serve as joint vice chairs. The Commission has the support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will receive the Commission's findings at the UN MDG Summit in New York in September.

    Source: itnewsafrica.com


    Link Read more
    Link ICT and UNESCO
    Link Communication for Development


  22. EU-LAC SUMMIT
    2010-05-31

    “Towards a new stage in the bi-regional partnership: innovation and technology for sustainable development and social inclusion.”The Madrid  Action Plan 2010-2012 includes a number of initiatives consistent with the priorities established at the VI EU-LAC Summit as encompassed in its Final Declaration. The Action Plan identifies instruments and activities which, if properly implemented should lead to concrete
    results guaranteeing ownership and capacity building in the following key areas, which are
    directly or indirectly linked with the central theme of the Summit:
    1. Science, research, innovation and technology;
    2. Sustainable development; environment; climate change; biodiversity; energy;
    3. Regional integration and interconnectivity to promote social inclusion and
    cohesion;
    4. Migration

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Madrid Declaration
    Link EU-LAC Madrid Summit


  23. German businesses turning to Africa
    2010-05-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft - German-African Business Association - represents more than 650 German companies with business interests in Africa.  These include leading multinationals and a large number of smaller and medium-sized companies. The Afrika-Verein also hosts more than 50 Africa-related events in Germany each year.  It arranges sector conferences (e.g. the German-African Energy Forum), bilateral conferences (e.g. the German-South African Business Forum) and visits to African states.

    Source: Tradeinvestafrica


    Link Read more
    Link German-African Energy Forum
    Link German-South African Business Forum


  24. Joint Statement on the occasion of the Africa Day 2010
    2010-05-31

    For many countries in Africa, 2010 marks an important anniversary, as independence swept across the continent fifty years ago. And today, Africa Day, marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. This was the first step towards the African Union which we know today - 53 countries bound by one Union, encompassing the diversity and dynamism of the modern Africa. For the European Union, Africa Day is also a chance to look forward. In particular, we look forward to building on the successes of the first ever Joint EU-Africa Strategy adopted two and a half years ago. This is taking relations between the two continents beyond traditional development to forge a genuine partnership of equals. It goes beyond Institutions, to emphasise the people to people links. And it has opened the way for Europe and Africa to look beyond their own borders to work together in tackling the global challenges such as climate change.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link African Union
    Link DG Development


  25. African Economic Outlook
    2010-05-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    The 2010 edition of the African Economic Outlook was launched on the 24/05/2010 in Abidjan, at the Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group. The special focus this year is on "Domestic resource mobilization, fiscal governance and aid in Africa".The African Economic Outlook is the only report on Africa produced by African institutions, in partnership with international organizations (OECD, AfDB, UNECA, financed partially by the EU – 1/3 of the financial contributions). The report analyses the current socio-economic performance of African economies per countries on their short to medium term perspectives. This edition increased the country coverage to 50 African states, accounting for more than 99% of the continent's economic output and 97% of African population.
    Link Read more
    Link The OECD and Africa
    Link The crisis and the african economic growth


  26. EU calls on trading partners to remove protectionist barriers
    2010-05-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Almost 280 trade restrictive measures have been put in place by the European Union’s major trade partners during the economic crisis over the last 18 months according to a new report published today by the European Commission. Contrary to the G20 commitment, hardly any measures have been removed despite signs of economic recovery in most countries. The European Commission calls on trading partners to remove these restrictions in order to give a much needed boost to the recovery. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said: "There is a risk that trade restrictive measures introduced by our partners during the crisis will become part of the trade regime even when the economy picks up speed. What we need now is an exit strategy from protectionism."The European Commission has been issuing reports on the trade restrictive measures adopted by major trade partners since the beginning of the economic crisis. This monitoring mechanism has been important to prevent an escalation of trade protectionism during the downturn. The recent report covers the EU's thirty main trading partners over the period from October 2008 to April 2010. The protectionist measures range from classical trade barriers such as import bans or tariff increases to "buy national" and other behind-the-border policies. The report finds that many of the new barriers are rapidly becoming permanent features of the world trading system.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link DG Trade
    Link Trade Policy Reviews



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