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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 301]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 301]
Send date: 2011-12-02 19:18:20
Issue #: 117
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. High-level Brussels Briefing shows ways to combat food price volatility
  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 5/12 to 9/12/2011
  3. Our video guest: H.E. Patrick I. Gomes, Ambassador of Guyana to the EU
  4. Busan: Global Aid partnership but no binding commitments
  5. Guinea: EU wants to make EDF funding conditional on legislative elections
  6. Ban on aid agencies likely to fuel a new exodus of Somali refugees
  7. EU proposal in Durban faces opposition
  8. ECOWAS ministers hold crucial talks over trade with EU
  9. Ugandan companies trouble with tough EU disclosure law
  10. € 30.1m EU support for promoting agricultural products in 3rd countries
  11. On World AIDS Day, the EU joins hands with victims
  12. At Busan, EU announces new transparency and coordination initiative
  13. Zimbabwean government will launch a National Trade Policy
  14. EU and West Africa hold EPA negotiations in Accra
  15. EU measures for developing countries agreed
  16. Europeans show overwhelming support for helping world's poor
  17. EU's chief negotiator sees Durban deal as possible
  18. ACP -EU Assembly co-chair: "Crisis won't affect ACP-EU cooperation"
  19. European firms keen on investing in Guyana, says new EU ambassador
  20. Interview: Busan beckons with new promise


  1. High-level Brussels Briefing shows ways to combat food price volatility
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Food Security, Archive, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    The new Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) was one of the key items discussed at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November. The Briefing brought together 170 actors from international organisations, ACP embassies, the European Commission, African farmers’ representations and civil society.

    In two panels, the Briefing debated the causes of food price volatility and presented a set of policy recommendations that can improve food security in ACP countries. Hafez Ghanem, assistant director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), presented the AMIS, recently endorsed by the G20 summit in October and located within the FAO. AMIS is tasked to improve agricultural market information and provide market development forecasts at national and international level. “It will produce regular reports on the international food market situation, not only for UN member states but as a public good for all,” Ghanem stressed.

    Greater transparency of international markets, agreed Mylène Testut-Neves from the French agriculture ministry that conceived the “G20 action plan on food price volatility and agriculture”, will give more planning security to smallholder farmers. Today sees the G20 presidence move from France to Mexico, which established four priorities to drive forward food security, according to Adriana I. Herrera Moreno from the Mexican agriculture ministry: Increasing research and development cooperation between G20 members, improving sustainability in the agricultural sector, enhancing risk management and promoting investment and public-private partnerships.

    Further presentations were given by Dr Máximo Torero, Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division in the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) who has developped a new methodology to measure price volatility, Chris Moore from the World Food Programme (WFP), Cédric Pène from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Carmen Cahill from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Thomas Elhaut from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mamadou Cissokho from the Network of Farmers' and Agricultural Producers' Organisations of West Africa (ROPPA). All presentations can be downloaded here: http://brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/no-25-food-price-volatility/.

    The Brussels Briefing was organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in cooperation with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Concord and various other partners.


    Link Brussels Briefings
    Link Download PowerPoint presentations
    Link AMIS [PDF]


  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 5/12 to 9/12/2011
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -5 December/8 December: Committee Meetings (Brussels)
    European Council
    -8/9 December: Meeting of the heads of state and government (Brussels)
    Council of Ministers
    -5 December: General Affairs Council
    -7 December: Coreper I
    European Commission
    -7 December: Weekly meeting of the college

    You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.


    Link European Parliament
    Link European Council
    Link European Commission


  3. Our video guest: H.E. Patrick I. Gomes, Ambassador of Guyana to the EU
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Food Policy

    His Excellency Patrick I. Gomes is Guyana's ambassador to the European Union. In this video, ambassador Gomes speaks about the EU's decision to phase out the sugar quotas for ACP sugar exporters by 2015 as part of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. He points to the reasons that speak for an extension of the sugar quotas until 2020 and shows his cautious optimism that pressure by Hungary, France, other national delegations as well as the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture may bring about an extension.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Delegations want to extent sugar regime
    Link Guyana's embassy in Brussels


  4. Busan: Global Aid partnership but no binding commitments
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    After three days of discussion at Busan, donors and recipients have agreed to establish a new global aid partnership.  The aim of this declaration is to find more effective ways to spend funding for development.  NGOs complain that the declaration is just a roadmap lacking binding commitments.

    Policymakers from more than 160 countries have attended to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in South Korea. After days of debates, a 12-page document sums up the general guidelines for an expected worldwide partnership. This document, however, is not binding, as many stakeholders would have wished for.

    The EU went to Busan with a decisive focus on strengthening developing country ownership and accountability; but it left the European Greens and civil society organisations (CSO) unimpressed.

    CSO participated in the high-level forum for first time in history along with governments and voiced criticism of the EU. According to Justin Kilcullen, president of Concord, the federation of European development NGOs, the EU appeared to be “a ghost” at the summit: “Despite contributing €53bn to development aid a year, the EU allowed a watered down agreement on global aid reform to accommodate geopolitical agendas”.

    Kilcullen however adds that although he believes that Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and some member states “do care" about poverty eradication, further and real commitment is still needed.

    Source: CTA


    Link Read more
    Link The Greens' position
    Link Donors agree new transparent aid partnership


  5. Guinea: EU wants to make EDF funding conditional on legislative elections
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy, Rural development

    The disbursement of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) will only become possible after the establishment of a date and the conduct of legislative elections followed by the constitution of a new National Assembly which represents all the political “tendencies” of the country, said the head of the European Union delegation in Guinea. […]

    In a press conference, the head of the delegation Philippe Van Damme gave a long speech about the partnership between Guinea and the European Union and about the perspectives of the 10th EDF which is currently discussed.

    Talking about the conditionals for Guinea to access the 10th EDF, Philippe Van Damme said that the social chapter of the EDF would be unblocked after the proclamation of the date of legislative elections, while other chapters would become available after pluralist and transparent elections have taken place.

    This, he said, would allow Guinea to enter into a new phase of normalised dialogue which focuses on questions of economic and political governance.

    With regard to trade, the members of the EU want to put into place a Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with developing countries, particularly the members of the ACP group to gradually liberalise trade between the two parties. The EPAs are aimed at allowing ACP countries to export agricultural products and products from the extractive industries more easily in the long term.

    Source: Afrique Infos


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link EU cooperation with Guinea
    Link European Development Fund


  6. Ban on aid agencies likely to fuel a new exodus of Somali refugees
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The European Commission strongly condemns the recent Al Shabaab announcement of the expulsion of 16 humanitarian aid agencies working in Somalia. This action will have disastrous effects on the capacity of humanitarian agencies to respond to the current emergency fuelled by prolonged conflict and drought.

    "With limited access to humanitarian aid, thousands of Somalis will inevitably attempt crossing the borders and seek assistance in neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya," says Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Response.

    "Refugee camps in these two countries have been struggling to cope with the dramatic influx of people witnessed during the peak of the current Horn of Africa crisis. A new wave of refugees will further strain the humanitarian coping capacity in these camps," explains Commissioner Georgieva. "Recent military activity inside South Central Somalia will make this last-resort journey even more perilous than it was a few months ago."

    Many of the targeted agencies are key implementing partners of the European Commission humanitarian response in Somalia. "The expulsion of our partners has a direct impact on the European Commission's capacity to assist the most vulnerable members of the Somali population," says Commissioner Georgieva. These agencies were implementing life saving interventions such as ensuring access to basic health services, and providing food and water.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU cooperation with Somalia
    Link Commission: DG ECHO


  7. EU proposal in Durban faces opposition
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Food Security

    The European climate delegation in Durban is struggling to commit other actors to a binding agreement, reports AFP. Both China and the United States have opposed themselves to such an accord and have put the EU under pressure. Developing countries are equally unhappy with the EU’s position, stating that developed countries should commit more funds and effort to limiting climate change.

    The European proposal would entail a commitment by all major greenhouse gas emitters to a binding agreement by 2015 with a subsequent implementation by 2020.

    The EU, in return, showed willingness to reduce CO2 further under the current Kyoto protocol. One of the developing countries’ key tenets is that the Kyoto protocol be kept alive.

    Source: AFP/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link Africa: Stakes Are High At Durban Cop17
    Link Pacific fights for survival at COP17


  8. ECOWAS ministers hold crucial talks over trade with EU
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    West Africa's ministers responsible for coordinating negotiations for the creation of a regional free trade area with the European Union held crucial talks in Accra, Ghana, on the way forward in the negotiations following disagreements over some issues.

    The negotiations, launched in 2004 with the adoption of a road map, were intended to produce a successor agreement to various Conventions that had guided trade relations between the two regions which would be compliant with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. […]

    Regional leaders have insisted on a credible source of funding the programme in fresh funds from the EU which argues instead that the programme be funded from existing funds under the European Development Fund (EDF) and other sources. The disagreements also relate to the schedule of opening of West Africa's markets to products from the EU which is insisting on an 80-per cent market access over 12 to 15 years while West Africa is offering 70 per cent of its market to be liberalized over 25 years. The region is worried that its burgeoning industries could be destroyed by a deluge of goods from the EU with its agricultural sector becoming a victim to subsidized products from the EU.

    Source: AllAfrica/Daily Trust


    Link Read more
    Link ECOWAS
    Link WTO Ministerial Conference


  9. Ugandan companies trouble with tough EU disclosure law
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Tullow Oil as well as other oil and gas companies based in the European Union, will be required to publicly disclose their payments to the government, according to a new law being drafted by the EU.

    The oil industry has come under the spotlight in recent weeks over the highly confidential dealings and payments to the government of Uganda, which are kept under tight wraps. But apart from oil companies, many other European companies are currently extracting precious minerals and metals but very little is known about their dealings and the payments they make to the government.

    The European Commission now wants to amend the existing EU directives on market transparency and corporate accounting to ensure that companies based there that are engaged in the extractive industries; are transparent with their payments to governments in a move intended to "act as a deterrent to corruption."

    Source: AllAfrica/The Indepedent


    Link Read more
    Link EU transparency initiative in Africa
    Link EU Delegation to Uganda


  10. € 30.1m EU support for promoting agricultural products in 3rd countries
    2011-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Archive

    The European Commission has approved 20 programmes to promote agricultural products in third countries. The total budget of the programmes, running for a period of three years, is € 60.2 million of which the EU contributes € 30.1 million (50%). The selected programmes cover fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, milk and milk products, PDOs (Protected Designations of Origin), PGIs (Protected Geographical Indications) and TSGs (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed), organic food and farming, olive oil, wine and spirits, cereals and rice, horticulture and meat.

    Within the information and promotion scheme and in addition to programmes already accepted for co financing in 2011, targeting the internal market (see IP/11/829) and those adopted to fight the consequences of the E-Coli crisis in the sector of fresh fruit and vegetables (see IP/11/1373), the Commission services received, end of June 2011, 31 programmes targeting third countries. Out of those, 20 programmes were selected for co financing for a total budget of € 60.2 million, with an EU contribution of € 30.1 million.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Commission: DG Agriculture
    Link Commission: Ecoli outbreak in early 2011


  11. On World AIDS Day, the EU joins hands with victims
    2011-12-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The EU and its Member States on World AIDS Day 2011 (1 December), expressed their sympathy with people across the world in memory of the relatives, friends and beloved ones who have lost their lives to AIDS and reaffirms its commitment to support all those who live with HIV and all those who are affected by the epidemic.

    Responding to HIV, reads a statement by the Council of Ministers, has taught the EU about the importance of partnership, dialogue and the centrality of human rights and human dignity. Impressive progress has been made, globally, leading to a nearly 20 per cent decline in the number of new HIV infections in the past decade and a nearly 19 per cent decline in the number of AIDS related deaths in the period 2004-2009.

    The biggest progress, pursues the statement, has been made in the most affected countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, home to two-thirds of all people living with HIV. The EU is proud to contribute to these extraordinary achievements made in the global response to HIV and AIDS and to be part of a collective effort of strong partners such as UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund, UNITAID, People Living with HIV and civil society.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link World Aids Day
    Link EU: HIV/AIDS


  12. At Busan, EU announces new transparency and coordination initiative
    2011-12-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy

    Speaking at the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, presented the European Union's new proposals to make its aid more effective: EU Joint Programming, which involves EU donors working together on aid delivery and then dividing the work needed in the most efficient way, and an EU Transparency Guarantee, which means that EU Member states will publicly disclose all information on aid programmes so that it can be more easily accessed, shared and published.

    The EU also underlined the need to focus more on how aid is delivered on the ground, and encourage partner countries to take forward new 'Country Compacts', which are flexible agreements in place to enable different development partners to better respond to countries' priorities and specific needs on the ground at the time. […]

    Over 2000 participants are attending the High Level Forum for Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) event in Busan, South Korea, between 29 November and 1st December, which follows on from previous aid effectiveness events at Paris and Accra. One of the main objectives of the event is to agree on a new and inclusive Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation - an arrangement to include partner countries as well as their development partners, including emerging economies, the private sector and civil society organisations from across the world.

    High profile attendees at the HLF4 event include, UN Secretary- General, Ban Ki-moon, Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Jordan’s Queen Rania.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Group: better coordination, no conditions
    Link Busan: The EU's work on aid effectiveness


  13. Zimbabwean government will launch a National Trade Policy
    2011-11-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Zimbabwean government plans to launch a National Trade Policy (NTP) to promote exports and industrialisation of the economy through trade incentives and various measures. According to a draft policy document crafted by the Ministry of Industry seen by the Zimbabwe Independent this week, the policy seeks to be a guiding principle of future agreements between Zimbabwe and its trading partners to ensure that the southern African country can effectively participate in the regional and international trading environment.

    The trade policy hopes to grow the country’s exports 10% annually from US$2,5 billion in 2010 to US$4,5 billion by 2016. The policy also seeks to promote enhanced value-addition of primary goods while complementing the Industrial Development Policy 2011–2015 through restoring the manufacturing sector’s contribution to export earnings from the current 16% to 50% by 2015. Government reckons the policy will help the expansion of Zimbabwean products into regional markets as part of a wider regional integration plan.

    Although Zimbabwe belongs to various trade blocks — Comesa, Sadc, ACP-EU, Generalised System of Trade Preferences (GSTP) and the World Trade Organisation — there has been no sound trade policy, with imports far outweighing exports. Zimbabwe’s situation has been worsened by the withdrawal of key balance of payments support from multilateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

    Source: The Independent


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to Zimbabwe
    Link Zimbabwean ministry of industry & commerce


  14. EU and West Africa hold EPA negotiations in Accra
    2011-11-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    European Union and West African negotiators met in Accra, Ghana, at technical level from 15 to 18 November 2011, to discuss the way ahead in Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) talks.  Progress was made in particular on the text of the agreement and the EPA Development Programme (PAPED), work continues on issues including the Market Access offer.  Next steps include a session on rules of origin on February 6 – 10, 2012, followed by a meeting at technical and Senior Official level scheduled for February 13 –17, 2012, both of them in Brussels.

    More than half of EU-WA trade (55%) is represented by oil from Nigeria. The EU mainly exports industrial goods including mechanical machinery (14%), electrical machinery (9%) and vehicles (7%) to the region.  Excluding oil from Nigeria, the region's main exports to the EU are represented by cocoa (11%), iron (8%) and rubber (6%).  Two West African countries, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, initialled bilateral "stepping stone (or "interim") EPAs" with the EU at the end of 2007. The interim EPA with Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) was signed on 26 November 2008.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link ECOWAS
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  15. EU measures for developing countries agreed
    2011-11-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy

    The Council on 28 November amended certain EU financial instruments for developing countries. The measures had been agreed in the conciliation committee with the European Parliament. The conciliation came in the wake of questions concerning the extent of powers given to the Commission in implementing the programmes. As a result, key parameters for the allocation of two programmes were defined by both legislators as part of the legislative procedure rather than by Commission measures.

    The decisions modify the EU's financing instrument for cooperation with industrialised and other high-income countries ("ICI plus"). The funds can now be used for cooperation with developing countries in addition to the original 46 countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, which included Brazil, China, India and Iraq.

    This programme supports in particular the promotion of economic partnership and market access for European companies. In addition, it also contributes to actions concerning public diplomacy and people to people links, for instance the "Erasmus mundus" programme for exchanges among students and higher education institutions between the EU and those states. Over the period 2007-2013, the budget of the instrument amounts to EUR 176 million. The laws approved today also set the modalities for supporting the adjustment of banana producers in ACP states to trade liberalisation, with an emphasis on vulnerable groups.

    This follows a reduction of EU tariff preferences for them after an agreement at the WTO. A budget of EUR 190 million will be available until 2013 and benefit ten states: Belize, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.

    Moreover, technical changes to the EU's development cooperation instrument (DCI) and the European instrument for democracy and human rights (EIDHR) were agreed today so as to harmonise provisions in all EU financial instruments for external action. This will allow limited flexibility, on a case-by-case basis, to use these instruments to finance taxes, duties and other charges, which will not be permitted in principle. The decisions must still be formally adopted by the European Parliament before entering into force.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link More information
    Link CTA interview with Peter Thompson


  16. Europeans show overwhelming support for helping world's poor
    2011-11-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Europeans regard helping the poor as a priority, according to a new survey. 84% of respondents to a new Eurobarometer support development aid to help people across the world out of poverty. The majority of EU citizens (84%) also support the strong focus of EU aid on good governance and human rights in developing countries, a direction proposed by Commissioner Piebalgs in his recent policy proposal, "Agenda for Change".

    Europeans are ready to actively participate in helping the poor – half of EU citizens are willing to pay more for their daily shopping (e.g. for fair trade products), if they know that this would benefit developing countries, according to the same survey.

    EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said: "Europeans are sending a clear message to politicians in the EU and beyond: even in times of economic hardship, they remain firmly committed to helping others out of poverty. This generosity has to be matched by political responsibility. We have to be more efficient and transparent to show the results of our aid and prove that the funds make a real difference. Next week's high level forum on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea will be a key opportunity to look at how we can make our aid even more effective and I am pleased to see that citizens support us in this aim".

    Young people of Europe (aged 15-24) voiced their strong support for development policy, Eurobarometer reveals. 9 out of 10 think that it is important to help poor people and 41% think it is "very important" in comparison to 35% of people above 40 years of age. They show also the strongest personal commitment to the cause, as 53% of the young and 60% of students would be ready to pay more for products (e.g. fair trade) if this would benefit poor people in the world. The young also express the biggest support for keeping the promise to increase the aid levels (69% where the average for all the respondents is 62%).

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read the report [PDF]
    Link More information


  17. EU's chief negotiator sees Durban deal as possible
    2011-11-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive, Food Security

    A 2020 roadmap to a second Kyoto-style climate pact will need to be based on a timeline led by science, and on action to cut CO2 emissions long before then, the EU’s chief climate negotiator, Artur Runge-Metzger, has told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. But he insisted that there was no ‘Plan B’.

    “We are hopeful that there will be an outcome and in terms of what we have been hearing and seeing in the last few weeks, we believe that a deal is possible,” Runge-Metzger said evenly, over a crackling phone line from Durban.

    The idea of locking the world into a process that will eventually deliver binding greenhouse gas emissions cuts has snowballed, as hopes of agreeing a comprehensive accord at the Durban Climate Change Summit, which began on 28 November, have melted.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Durban must achieve 'solid' climate commitments
    Link Durban: EP sends strong message


  18. ACP -EU Assembly co-chair: "Crisis won't affect ACP-EU cooperation"
    2011-11-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy

    Co-operation between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries took a step forward with the Cotonou Agreement in 2000. Since then, MEPs and MPs from the ACP meet twice a year to debate development issues. Co-chair of this week's joint assembly meeting in Togo, Assarid Ag Imbarcaouane from Mali, agreed to answer some questions about development, the financial crisis and the Arab Spring.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link ACP countries should not fall victim
    Link Joint Parliamentary Assembly


  19. European firms keen on investing in Guyana, says new EU ambassador
    2011-11-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    Newly accredited Head of the European Union Delegation in Georgetown Robert Kopecky says there are several EU companies eager to enter Guyana with the potential for a number of “green” investments offering a way in. He made the comment to reporters last week after presenting his credentials to President Bharrat Jagdeo at the Office of the President.

    “There is a lot of space to do things in the future like eco-tourism, preserving the forests, this initiative of Mr. President, low carbon; there is a bunch of European companies keen on coming to Guyana to do business in a mutually respectful way and I think … energy, given your hydro-energy potential, there is a lot of space to deepen our cooperation,” Kopecky said.

    The EU envoy said his discussions with the president centred on those opportunities while they also addressed the political situation in the country. He added that Europe has noted the stability of Guyana and views with approval the term limits on the president which Jagdeo himself signed into law.

    “We were talking for quite some time about the regional integration because to my judgment Georgetown  is kind of Caribbean Brussels if you want, the centre of your integration as Brussels is the centre of the integration with the European Union and I think that on this field given your ambitions like Guyana [as] food basket for the whole Caribbean there is a lot of space for mutual cooperation,” the envoy stated.

    If there is anything that Europe can always share, he added, it is integration experience. Kopecky is also the ambassador to Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch Overseas Territories.

    The EU is Guyana’s biggest international aid partner and has been involved with projects in sea defence, sugar industry reformation, budget support and fostering democracy.

    Source: demerarawaves.com


    Link Read more
    Link EU head hails Guyana a "mature democracy"
    Link EU relations with Guyana


  20. Interview: Busan beckons with new promise
    2011-11-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    For a start, stop calling it "aid", Brian Atwood, chair of the Development Assistance Committee at the OECD, tells IPS. The aid effectiveness summit in Busan starting today may move the dialogue further through the language of "development cooperation" instead, Atwood says. There could be a lot in a name here; it may signify the strengthening of a different way of partnering development.

    Signs are that the Busan summit will take agreements on development cooperation forward substantially, Atwood says in an email interview. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is leading the fourth high-level forum on aid effectiveness taking place in Busan, South Korea, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, says that at a time of particular economic difficulties, agreements reached at Busan would be vital.

    Source: IPSNews


    Link Read more
    Link European Union stumbles to Busan
    Link Aid Effectiveness Forum in Busan



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