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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 228]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 228]
Send date: 2010-06-21 14:02:30
Issue #: 44
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. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 21st to 25th June 2010
  2. Our video guest: Mr. Peter Wobst, Senior Economist, FAO
  3. EIB to support pioneering rural microfinance fund
  4. EU donates $29 million to drought-stricken north Africa
  5. Mauritius 2010 sugar output seen falling
  6. NGOs want to boost the growth of fair trade flowers
  7. France says Africa must be on UN Security Council
  8. Budget Support and MDG Performance
  9. Sudan to get €150m of unspent funds
  10. Nigeria: Nasarawa exports yams to UK
  11. Drivers of International collaboration in research
  12. Towards the EU-LAC Knowledge Area
  13. Call for tenders for a study on the contribution of CAP measures to
  14. Call for tenders: Evaluation of promotion and information actions for agricultural products
  15. Prediction software helps in disaster control
  16. Europe launches major joint research effort to ensure food security
  17. The changing face of EU-African Cooperation in science and technology
  18. The impact of Europe’s farm tariffs and subsidies on developing countries
  19. Italy Contributes to Benefit Sharing Fund
  20. World Bank releases Annual Report on Trends of the Carbon Market
  21. European Commission Publishes Analysis of 30% Reduction Target
  22. EPAs on banking to boost trade within Africa


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 21st to 25th June 2010
    2010-06-21

    European Parliament (Brussels):
    - 22nd June: Hearing on the external dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy
    - 22nd June: Commissioner De Gucht at the Committee on International Trade
    EU Presidency:
    - 24th June (Luxembourg): Council of Telecommunications, Transport and Energy
    ACP Secretariat (Ougadougou):
    - 21st – 22nd June: 35th Session of the ACP-EC Council of Ministers

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


    Link European Parliament
    Link Spanish EU Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  2. Our video guest: Mr. Peter Wobst, Senior Economist, FAO
    2010-06-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    Our video guest this week is Mr. Peter Wobst. He is Senior Economist and Leader of the Rural Employment Team of the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. On the occasion of his participation to the Brussels Development Briefing on Youth and Rural Development in ACP countries (16th June 2010), Mr. Wobst gave us his feedback of the Briefing and informed us about the role of youth at the FAO. He recommended a follow up of the Brussels Development Briefings by the partcipants. On the role of youth at the FAO, Mr. Wobst stressed on the crucial virtue of employment for the youth tackled by the rural employment division at the FAO.
    Link Watch the video
    Link Brussels Briefing on Youth
    Link FAO


  3. EIB to support pioneering rural microfinance fund
    2010-06-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The ability of poor rural communities around the world to access finance received a significant boost earlier today with the creation of Rural Impulse II, a new specialist microfinance fund backed by leading public and private financial institutions and investors. The European Investment Bank, IFC – part of the World Bank Group, KfW Entwicklungsbank (The German Development Bank), the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries and Netherlands Development Finance Company formally agreed to participate in the fund. A range of private banks and investors will also participate. The fund managed to mobilize private resources and specialist expertise from additional investors: Italian Fund of Funds “Microfinanza 1”, Belgian trade union ACV-CSC Metea and VDK spaarbank, Germany’s Bank fuer Kirche und Caritas, Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI), and others. The Fund is an initiative of Incofin Investment Management, which will act as fund advisor.

    Source: European Investment Bank


    Link Read more
    Link More on the fund
    Link More on the partners


  4. EU donates $29 million to drought-stricken north Africa
    2010-06-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Food Security

    The European Union is giving an additional $29 million to aid countries in north Africa's Sahel region suffering from drought and poor harvests. EU Development Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told reporters Wednesday that the new aid will help alleviate the impact of food scarcities, which are only getting worse in the region. The money is in addition to $24 million the EU commission says it has pledged to Sahel this year. Humanitarian programs will target more than seven million people in Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and northern Nigeria. The aid will fund emergency food assistance between harvests, allocation of seeds to farmers and treating acutely malnourished children. The Sahel was pushed into crisis by erratic rains, resulting in poor harvests. The EU says that setback, coupled with high food prices and limited job opportunities, has forced up to 10 million people in Chad and Niger to require emergency assistance.

    Source: Africa Good News


    Link Read more
    Link DG ECHO


  5. Mauritius 2010 sugar output seen falling
    2010-06-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    Mauritius sugar output is seen falling to 450,000 tonnes this year from 467,234 tonnes in 2009 largely due to a reduced area under cultivation and poor weather, the Chamber of Agriculture said on Friday. Sugar, a centuries-old pillar of the Indian Ocean island's now almost $10 billion economy, accounts for roughly 3% of gross domestic product, the chamber says, and is a major employer. "Small planters are abandoning sugar cane cultivation," Jocelyn Kwok, secretary general of the chamber, told Reuters in an interview. "We have been losing about 2,200 hectares of sugar cane fields (annually). In 2009, we lost 1,900 hectares, and it is expected that it will be the same this year," he said. Mauritian sugar producers have been hit hard after the European Union cut its guaranteed price for African, Caribbean and Pacific sugar by 36%. The final tranche took effect last October. Large-scale producers have sought to diversify their revenue by producing electricity and ethanol and have shed human labour for machines. But small-scale producers have found it harder to cope. Mauritius, which has a population of 1.3 million, is the leading sugar exporter from the ACP bloc to the EU. Kwok said erratic weather conditions, with insufficient spells of steady rainfall, meant development of the cane was behind schedule.

    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link Mauritius sugar industry
    Link EPA negotiations for Mauritius


  6. NGOs want to boost the growth of fair trade flowers
    2010-06-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Gender and development

    Campaigners protesting against the inhumane working conditions and long working hours in the flower industry handed out fair trade flowers produced under the Flower Label Program to European Parliamentarians in Brussels, 1 June to urge them to support a campaign for socially and environmentally sound flower production.
    The Flower Label Program is supported by several European Non Governmental Organisations as well as the European Union and Austria’s Development Agency. The market share of fair trade flowers is still small.The fair trade label of the Flower Label Program is applied to flowers grown by workers who have rights to organise themselves into unions. Plantations certified to apply the label also have to implement measures against the discrimination of workers. The label also provides a guarantee that salaries are paid in accordance with national law and collective bargaining agreements and that workers have long-term contracts, social security and protection against pesticides. Demand in Europe for off-season flowers from developing countries is increasing. Europe imports 50% of the world’s cut flowers according to the NGO network, SOLIDAR. The NGOs who are backing the Flower Program Label say that those who work in the flower industry, who are often women, face inhumane working conditions, exposure to toxic chemicals and long working hours.

    Source: Solidar


    Link Read more
    Link Fair flowers campaign
    Link Demands of the campaign


  7. France says Africa must be on UN Security Council
    2010-06-18

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday Africa should be represented on the U.N. Security Council, promising to back reforms when France takes the helm of the G8 and G20 groups of big economies next year. Speaking at the launch of the 25th Africa-France summit, he said it was time for the world to make a place for Africa on the global stage to discuss international crises and reforms. African nations have asked for two rotating permanent seats since 2005, given the continent has about 27 percent of members at the United Nations, its size and the involvement of global powers on its territory. China, the United States, Russia, Britain and France are the permanent members of the Council. Nigeria, Gabon and Uganda are among 10 members that hold rotating seats. The G8 is made up of leading rich nations, while the G20 also includes other big economies. South Africa is Africa's only G20 member. Security Council reform has been held up, with four countries in particular - Brazil, Germany, Japan and Pakistan - seeking new permanent seats. A group called "Uniting for Consensus", led by Italy, Argentina, Pakistan and Mexico, opposes those bids and wants the Council to add only additional non-permanent members. In 2005, the African Union adopted the "Ezulwini consensus", which advocates reserving two permanent seats with veto power as well as more non-permanent seats for Africa. France is pushing for a reform proposed previously with the United Kingdom whereby non-permanent membership on the Security Council would be raised to 10 years instead of two now, without the right of veto, a French diplomatic source said.

    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link U.N. Security Council
    Link G8-G20 Integrated Security Unit


  8. Budget Support and MDG Performance
    2010-06-18

    The first Development Paper has been presented by the European Commission staff at ODI, in London this week. It intends to increase awareness of the EU policy thinking on development issues and to seek comments and suggestions for further analyses. This study from the European Commission/ DG Developmentanalyses the relationship between the provision of general budget support (GBS) and MDG performance, by disaggregating countries into “high” and “low” budget support recipients and assessing the extent to which selected MDGs have improved in each of these groups. We find that high GBS recipients have performed better, often significantly so, in all four MDGs assessed (covering primary enrolment, gender parity in education, child mortality, and access to water), as well as in terms of improvements in the Human Development Index, in the period 2002-2007. Correlation analysis also suggests that there is a positive relationship between budget support receipts and MDG performance (significant in the case of both education indicators and the HDI), but it is not always strong and other factors will also be important determinants of MDG performance. We also find that even after we control for the quality of the policy environment, income level and aid dependency, high GBS recipients have on average still performed better than other countries. It should be emphasised that this study is an analysis of association, not causality. Nevertheless, the results overall do provide more comprehensive support for the view that countries receiving large amounts of budget support perform better than those receiving little or no budget support.

    Source : European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link DG Développement
    Link MDG


  9. Sudan to get €150m of unspent funds
    2010-06-18

    EU member states agree to ensure that Sudan continues to receive development aid.  The EU's member states have agreed to channel €150 million of unspent funds to projects in Sudan in order to ensure that the country continues to receive development aid. Sudan currently is unable to receive EU funding from new budgets because its central government has refused to ratify the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Humanitarian aid is not affected by Sudan's opposition to the ICC, which in March 2009 indicted Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes. The decision, reached unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday (18 May) of member states' diplomats, will be formally adopted within weeks.  The Netherlands, which has been a strong supporter of the ICC, put forward an unopposed declaration that no funds from this allocation should be channelled through the government in Khartoum. A European Commission official said that the proposal, which was drafted by the Commission, was a response to worries about the continuation of existing development projects.  A Commission official said the Commission expects the funds to be committed to specific projects by January, when South Sudan holds a referendum on independence.  The referendum is part of a 2005 peace agreement that ended a bloody, decades-long war with the central government in Khartoum. Should the south opt for independence – which is all but certain – and decide to ratify the Rome Statute, it would re-gain access to the European Development Fund. There are fears that donors' attention could shift entirely to the south, leaving a void in the north.

    Source: Europeanvoice


    Link Rread more
    Link International Criminal Court
    Link Sudan government website


  10. Nigeria: Nasarawa exports yams to UK
    2010-06-16

    Nasarawa State government has exported over 118 metric tonnes of yam to the United Kingdom (UK) under the trademark, PEPA Yam. The state, which began the exportation late last year, is billed to export 50 metric tonnes of the yam to UK this month. The Governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, who disclosed this while inspecting the level of work done at the yam conditioning centre in Keffi, said the concept of the centre had been expanded to accommodate more agricultural products. According to him, "The initial idea was to start with (the conditioning of) yams and sweet potatoes but now the concept has been expanded to include other agricultural products like vegetables, fish; any aspect of agricultural products can also be conditioned at the centre." The governor pointed out that work slowed down on the construction of the centre, which is the first of its kind in the country "to enable the Federal Government come up with a national policy for the initiative." He added, "Now that this has been done work will commence to complete the project, explaining that technically the project was not stalled due to lack of funds but to avoid mistakes that would have a negative effect on the project. On whether the delay would not hamper the exportation of yams to UK, Doma said, "It will not hamper the continuity of shipment of our yam (PEPA Yam) to UK", and that government has made alternative arrangements that would ensure it continues to meet the needs of the UK market, stressing, "so far, so good." Doma also said though plans were underway to meet the needs of other markets in Europe, it does not wish to rush into other markets but would gradually get into other markets as soon as it got hold of UK market and completed work of the conditioning centre in Keffi. The governor also disclosed that government was embarking on the construction of another conditioning centre in Lafia, the state capital, through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement between the private sector, the federal and state government. Doma, however, said that the details had not yet been worked out but that as soon as they were worked out work would also commence on the centre.

    Source:allafrica.com

     


    Link Read more
    Link Nasarawa State government


  11. Drivers of International collaboration in research
    2010-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies

    This report, written jointly by the Technopolis Group and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (The University of Manchester), is a synthesis of a project conducted on behalf of the European Commission DG Research. This study seeks to understand what policy considerations are made when establishing and implementing science, technology and innovation (STI) linkages with other countries. The report reviews the various drivers behind international STI co-operation and explores the interactions between these drivers.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link DG Research
    Link ISTIC UNESCO


  12. Towards the EU-LAC Knowledge Area
    2010-06-16

    Climate change, demographic transitions, expectations for better health and greener and more inclusive economies are among the drivers for more scientific and technological cooperation and innovation. The Guadalajara Summit in 2004 therefore placed the development of an EU-Latin America-Caribbean Knowledge Area on the political agenda of bi-regional relations. In 2010, this concept gains fresh momentum through the endorsement of a new Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation. A new publication traces the development of cooperation and illustrates the link between policy and action through a sample of concrete research collaborations, mostly from the 6th and 7th Research Framework Programmes. They represent a sizeable innovation potential for sustainable development and social inclusion, the focus of the 2010 EU-LAC Summit in Madrid.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-LAC Madrid Summit
    Link DG External Relations


  13. Call for tenders for a study on the contribution of CAP measures to
    2010-06-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a study on "Addressing Biodiversity and Habitat Preservation through Measures applied under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)".
    The objective of this study is to identify and assess CAP measures concerning their contribution to the preservation of biodiversity and habitats. The study should provide a robust understanding of the relationships between agricultural land use practices and the state of biodiversity and habitats. It should describe and assess CAP measures and their specific implementation at the level of Members States and regions. And it should identify the most relevant economic and institutional context factors that favour the preservation and enhancement of biodiversity and habitats.The study will in particular concentrate on the diversity of natural, structural and economic situations in analysing the factors that determine success or failure of CAP measures preserving and enhancing habitat values and biodiversity. It will also assess how the objective of preserving biodiversity and habitats is pursued in interaction with other policy objectives. Particular attention will be paid to the sustainability perspective, which requires a meaningful balance between economic, social, and environmental objectives.The maximum budget attributed to this project is € 300 000. The deadline for submitting offers is 6 August 2010.The Commission intends to award the contract before the end of 2010. The contractor will have to carry out the study within 10 months from the signature of the contract.

    Source:


    Link Read more
    Link Call for tender and tender documents


  14. Call for tenders: Evaluation of promotion and information actions for agricultural products
    2010-06-15

    The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a retrospective evaluation of promotion and information actions for agricultural products.The aim of this evaluation is twofold: (i) to provide a comprehensive synthesis of the evaluation reports on promotion programmes carried out on the internal market and in third countries and (ii) to examine the relevance and effectiveness of the EU information and promotion policy, as well as its coherence with other promotion measures applied under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In particular, the evaluation will cover the following aspects:Policy relevance and effectiveness, management of information and promotion programmes and coherence and complementarities with other CAP and national and private promotion initiatives. The maximum budget attributed to this evaluation project is €400,000. The deadline for submitting offers is 12 July 2010.The Commission intends to award the contract before the end of 2010, following the evaluation of the offers received. The contractor will have to carry out the evaluation within 10 months from the signature of the contract.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Tender documents


  15. Prediction software helps in disaster control
    2010-06-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies

    EU-funded scientists have developed new statistical methods and software to help generate information on pollution and environmental threats. The system compliments existing European-based air quality monitoring stations, which are effective but costly to set up. The INTAMAP ('Interoperability and automated mapping') project was funded EUR 1.86 million under the 'Information society technologies' (IST) Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link INTAMAP project


  16. Europe launches major joint research effort to ensure food security
    2010-06-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    Twelve top scientists will meet in Paris today to prepare a European–level work programme to coordinate nationally funded research aimed at securing a safe and sustainable food supply. This is the first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. This initiative involves twenty European countries overall and is jointly led by France, through its National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the UK, through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It will bring together researchers, improve the effectiveness of national funding totalling over a billion euro annually, share existing research results and coordinate future work to avoid duplication and maximise value for money. The European Commission helped to shape and prepare the JPI that is being launched today and on 28 April put it on a formal footing by adopting a Recommendation. The Commission will also contribute about € 2 million.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Joint research programming
    Link HLG for Joint Programming


  17. The changing face of EU-African Cooperation in science and technology
    2010-06-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies

    Africa is a continent with a great pool of untapped scientific talent. The brain-power is there, but the means to translate it into scientific input for socio-economic development need further enhancement. Increasing S&T capacity through cooperation will give African countries and people the tools and skills to create/adapt and disseminate knowledge to mitigate current weaknesses. It will help Africa to develop its resources and provide ways and means to deliver prosperity and sustainable development to its people. See the latest publication  from the European Commission, DG Research on "The changing face of EU-African cooperation in science and technology".

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Science&Technology
    Link DG Research


  18. The impact of Europe’s farm tariffs and subsidies on developing countries
    2010-06-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    “Waste at home and damage abroad”. That is how one Member of the European Parliament described the common agricultural policy. Gabrielle Zimmer, a German MEP who sits on the parliament’s development committee, was speaking at a conference convened last month by the United Nations Millenium Campaign to look at the impact of Europe’s farm tariffs and subsidies on developing countries. According to Eckhard Deutscher, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and another participant in the same meeting, “The biggest challenge the EU’s development aspirations are facing is the lack of policy coherence. The trade, development, agriculture and environmental policies are simply out of sync with regard to developing countries.” Eveline Herfkens, Founder of the UN Millennium Campaign, pulled no punches, “An unreformed European agriculture policy will continue to hamper the EU’s and other donors’ efforts to eradicate poverty and will perpetuate human suffering.”European countries lead the world as donors of development aid, but for decades the EU has pursued agriculture policies which have had the reverse effect – whether it’s trade barriers that make it harder for developing countries to export farm produce to Europe or subsidies that encourage European farmers to overproduce, driving prices down and undercutting unsubsidised farmers in poorer countries. In the first few years of the last decade, the Make Trade Fair campaign made the weather in the debate over reform of the CAP, perhaps supplanting the environmental critique as the most politically salient attack on the policy. The decoupling of support in the Fischler reforms theoretically broke the link between farm subsidies and over-production although there are those who say that any farm subsidy has an impact on production. At the Hong Kong WTO ministerial in December 2005 the EU offered to end all export subsidies by 2013 if other countries reduced their supports to exporters. It’s possible that United Nations Development Programme’s annual report for 2005  represents the high-water mark of the influence of the development advocates on thinking about agriculture policy: The global food price spike of 2007-08 presented a problem for the development critique of farm subsidies. Suddenly, the problem for developing countries was not low commodity prices but high commodity prices. Backers of a production-boosting farm policies in rich countries were quick to jump on this turnaround, arguing that European and American farmers had a moral duty to ‘feed the world’ and that the CAP should underpin this aim.

    Source: capreform.eu


    Link Read more
    Link The rigged rules of global trade
    Link the United Nations Millenium Campaign


  19. Italy Contributes to Benefit Sharing Fund
    2010-06-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    Italy has announced a contribution of 1.2 million euros to compensate some of the world’s poorest farmers for conserving and propagating crop varieties that could prove to be the saviour of global food security over the coming decades. The contribution to a benefit-sharing scheme managed by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was announced on the eve of International Day of Biodiversity on May 22 which has as its theme: Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation.  The Treaty has its headquarters at FAO. The Italian donation follows on the heels of a $2.2 million donation made by Spain at the end of last year, and highlights the interest of many Mediterranean countries in the preservation of food crop diversity. 

    Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


    Link Read more
    Link Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources


  20. World Bank releases Annual Report on Trends of the Carbon Market
    2010-06-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The World Bank released its annual State and Trends of the Carbon Market report at Carbon Expo in Cologne, Germany, on 26 May. The report indicates that the value of the global carbon market grew six percent, to US$144 billion, in 2009 despite being its most challenging year to date. The Report indicates that, on the supply side, the reduction in access to capital made it difficult for many greenhouse gas emissions reduction project developers to lock in financing, causing project origination to grind to a halt. In addition, the global economic crisis also is reported to have negatively impacted the demand side because, as industrial output plummeted, the demand for carbon assets fell. The Report analyzes data from the trading of European Union Allowances (EUAs) and secondary Kyoto offsets under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). It also evaluates transactions under the Kyoto markets: Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), Emission Reduction Units (ERUs), and Assigned Amount Units (AAUs), as well as data from voluntary markets.

    Source: The World Bank


    Link Read more
    Link Reports
    Link Emission Trading System


  21. European Commission Publishes Analysis of 30% Reduction Target
    2010-06-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Commission has released an analysis of the costs, benefits and options for moving beyond the EU's 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target from 20% to 30% below 1990 levels, once the conditions are met.The Commission issued a Communication, titled “Analysis of options to move beyond 20% GHG emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage,” which sets out options for meeting the 30% target including: reducing the number of auctioned allowances under the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS); developing regulation to promote greater energy efficiency; using fiscal instruments; directing EU cohesion policy funding towards green investments; and improving the environmental integrity of the international carbon credits recognized in the EU ETS. The Communication is addressed to the EU institutions for their consideration.

    Source: Climate-L.org


    Link Read more
    Link The EC's Communication
    Link EC Press Release


  22. EPAs on banking to boost trade within Africa
    2010-06-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Economic pacts with Europe that centre on more efficient and competitive banking and insurance services will offer opportunities to grow intra-Africa trade, a new study by a UN agency said.
    “The institutional landscape on which intra-Africa trade takes place will change dramatically depending on the model of liberalisation that the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) adopt,” the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said in a report presented at the ongoing annual conference of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abijan, Cote d’Ivoire. Like many other countries under the umbrella of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), Kenya and other member states of the East African Community (EAC) are negotiating new EPAs with the European Union (EU).“The services economy being the new frontier for the expansion of trade, intra-African trade would be positively affected if EPAs could lead to more efficient and competitive banking and insurance sectors on the continent,” the agency said in its report, Assessing Regional Integration in Africa IV.

    Source: Businessdailyafrica.com


    Link Read more
    Link Economic Commission for Africa
    Link African Development Bank



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