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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 326]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 326]
Send date: 2012-06-11 17:31:32
Issue #: 142
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 from 11/06 to 17/06/2012
  2. Next Briefing: Food Losses and Food Waste
  3. Key meetings in Vanuatu
  4. A staggering increase in protectionism
  5. Fishing opportunities for 2013
  6. Germany’s support to developing countries
  7. New report gives a snapshot of migration in the EU
  8. Danish Presidency at ACP-EU JPA makes a difference
  9. Meetings this month give hopes towards a more equitable world
  10. Public consultation on future of EU regime for fruits and vegetables
  11. EU-Kiribati see new FPA Protocol
  12. Mauritius' 2012 sugar production to fall
  13. Public support to EU humanitarian aid
  14. Ministers to agree on the cornerstones of 7TH EAP
  15. South Africa's shift runs risk of backfiring
  16. Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility
  17. ACP fisheries to be hot topic of discussion in Fiji
  18. African lacks an institutional environment to boost innovation
  19. A meaningful difference in terms of development
  20. ACP-EU updates: the JPA, crisis-spillover, and SADC integration


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 11/06 to 17/06/2012
    2012-06-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Gender and development, Migration and development, New Technologies, ACP-EU Fisheries, Food Security, Health and Development, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy, Humanitarian Aid

    European Parliament
    -11/14 June: Plenary session
    Council of Ministers
    -14 June: COREPER I
    -13/14 June: COREPER II
    -11 June: Environment Council (ENVI),  (Horsens, Denmark) 
    -12 June: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (FISH), (Horsens, Denmark)
    ACP Group
    -10/15 June: 95th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers  (Vanuatu)
    -10/15 June: 37th Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers   (Vanuatu) 
    Research events
    -13 June: Market Access Conference 2012, (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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




  2. Next Briefing: Food Losses and Food Waste
    2012-06-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, Food Security, ACP-EU Policy

    The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 26 June from 8.30 – 13h00 on Food Losses and Food Waste. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted! This briefing wants to address the concerns revolving around global hunger, food security, sustainability and waste recovery.A variety of different actors – farmers, retailers, governments and consumers – involved in the food supply chain contribute to large amounts of global food losses and waste. Several strategies are available for the reduction of food losses and waste. However, these strategies are not always known and much action needs to be taken to reduce losses and waste at global, regional and national scale.
    Thus, the objectives of the Briefing are to raise awareness of the causes and impact of food losses and waste in low, medium and high-income countries, increase an exchange of information and expertise relating to strategies and successes in preventing and reducing them and to facilitate networking amongst development partners working in these areas.

    You can register online at brusselsbriefings.


    Link See the programme
    Link Register now
    Link Brussels Briefings


  3. Key meetings in Vanuatu
    2012-06-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Fisheries

    As we informed our readers last week, more than 300 officials from the European Union and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States will convene this week in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for  one of the most important meetings of the year between the two groups.
    The 37th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers  will be held on the 14th and 15th of June, preceded by the 95th session of the ACP Council of Ministers held on the 11th to 13th at the Warwick Le Lagon Resort in Port Vila.
    According to the ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas “it is well-known that one of the cornerstones of the ACP-EU Partnership is open and consistent dialogue between our developing countries in the South and our more affluent partners in the North. This constitutes a unique framework where relations should be driven by cooperation and mutual benefit rather than conflict or competition” .“There are a number of very key items we will be discussing over the week relating to trade cooperation, development financing, as well as political and sustainable development issues.”
    Included on the agenda are ACP declarations on specific products such as cotton and sugar ,the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), preparations for the United Nations Rio+20 conference in Brazil, and a performance review of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) cycle, which finances development programmes in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries from 2008 to 2013.The Joint Council will also take a decision on the accession of South Sudan to the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, which would take ACP Group membership up to 80 countries.

    Source: ACP 


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Vanuatu
    Link ACP-EU JAP in Horsens


  4. A staggering increase in protectionism
    2012-06-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The EU recently released a new report identifying a staggering increase in protectionism around the world. 123 new trade restrictions were introduced over the last eight months, a rise of just over 25%, bringing the total number of restrictive measures in place today to 534. The report points to a failure by G20 countries in reducing trade barriers and urges G20 members to increase their efforts in preventing the introduction of new barriers to trade and to rectify protective measures introduced since the break-out of the crisis.
    Trade restrictions can come in the form of higher import or export duties or quotas applied at the border of a country or other measures such as "technical barriers to trade" in the form of conformity assessment and certification requirements, which are applied in a stricter way on imported goods or which go beyond international practices and requirements.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read the report
    Link Market access


  5. Fishing opportunities for 2013
    2012-06-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    In a consultation document recently adopted, the European Commission sets out its intentions for fixing fishing opportunities for 2013. Through this annual document the Commission asks for the views of Member States and stakeholders on the setting of Total Allowable Catches (TACs), quotas and fishing effort (days-at-sea) for the following year. The document shows that the Commission's efforts to phase out overfishing are starting to bear fruit. There are now 20 fish stocks in European seas which are known not to be overfished, compared to only 5 stocks in 2009. Reducing TACs in the past years even made it possible to increase some TACs for 2012. This could result in at least €135 million extra income for the fishing industry.
    Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki has stated: "We are now seeing some improvements towards ending overfishing, but we need to go the extra mile and adopt the CFP reform if we want to guarantee these improvements in the long term."
    The Commission's view is that for next year, for stocks covered by the long-term management plans, TACs and effort levels should be fixed according to the plans in force (a legal requirement). For other fish stocks, not covered by the plans, the TACs should be based on scientific advice, with a goal to phase out overfishing by 2015 - or earlier, wherever possible. Where no advice exists, the precautionary principle should be applied.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Consultation
    Link EU Fisheries


  6. Germany’s support to developing countries
    2012-06-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to recent updates, Germany has donated EUR 1 million to the WTO Global Trust Fundfor 2012, which is aimed at financing technical assistance programmes and training activities for developing and least developed countries with the aim of enhancing their ability to participate effectively in the WTO negotiations and ensure they fully benefit from the results achieved during these negotiations.
    “I welcome this new donation which demonstrates Germany’s continuous commitment to help developing countries fully benefit from the multilateral trading system” declared WTO Director General Pascal Lamy.
    Source: WTO Germany’s Ambassador, Dr. Hanns Schumacher, stated that “this donation is a concrete demonstration of Germany’s continuous support to developing countries in better understanding the WTO rules, with the aim of expanding their trading activities and making trade a tool for growth, development and poverty reduction ”.

    Source: WTO


    Link Read more
    Link Sustainable trade capacity-building
    Link The Global Trust Fund


  7. New report gives a snapshot of migration in the EU
    2012-06-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Migration and development, ACP-EU Policy

    The Commission is publishing a Report on the 2011 developments in the areas of immigration and asylum, accompanied by a Eurobarometer on European citizens' attitudes towards cross-border mobility, migration and security.
    According to the survey, 8 out of 10 Europeans agree that EU Member States should offer protection and asylum to those in need and that rules for admitting asylum seekers should be the same across the EU.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Asylum and immigration
    Link Review of EU Migration Policy


  8. Danish Presidency at ACP-EU JPA makes a difference
    2012-06-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy, Aid effectiveness

    As we reported last week, Horsens saw the 23rd ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. The meeting was held jointly by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach, on behalf of the EU Council of Ministers, who responded to questions from the assembly.  
    "It is amazing to experience the dedication that characterises this Assembly. And it is exciting to be part of the democratic dialogue within the ACP-EU partnership – a dialogue that gives parliamentarians the possibility to examine the relevant EU institutions. The parliamentarians have an important role in reminding us of our promises for instance on the level of development assistance", he said.
    The enthusiasm was apparent from both sides. Cornelius Mwalwanda, a parliamentarian from Malawi, stated that the possibility of putting questions to the EU Council presidency was one of the most important aspects:  “It offers us an insight into what the EU governments are thinking on issues such as development cooperation, climate and other global issues. In this context, I was glad to hear the Danish minister tell us about the adoption in the Danish Parliament on a new law on development cooperation.”

    Source: Egovmonitor


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU JPA
    Link Overview of the 23rd ACP-EU JPA


  9. Meetings this month give hopes towards a more equitable world
    2012-06-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies, Food Security, Food Policy

    In the light of the coming G-20 Group meeting, which will take place in Los Cabos, on June 18 and 19, Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has stressed the need to find ways to stimulate the global economy, while ensuring inclusive green growth that drives sustainable development.  "We stand at a crossroads. Our common future is at stake", he said.
    He also took the opportunity to draw attention to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), as it will bring together the world community, including up to 130 heads-of-state and government to Brazil, who are expected to define steps to be taken toward a more equitable and more respectful position on world resources.
    The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union.

    Source: Brecorder


    Link Read more
    Link Recommendations
    Link G20 ministers of FA in Los Cabos


  10. Public consultation on future of EU regime for fruits and vegetables
    2012-06-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    The European Commission has recently launched a public consultation on the future of the EU regime for fruits and vegetables. The responses will be added into a Commission report on the regime which will look at the 2007 reforms, with proposals for further changes if necessary, which would be applicable from 2014. The deadline for contributions is September 9th, 2012.
    The paper raises a range of issues, such as the strengthening of competitiveness in terms of productivity and the capacity for finding new outlets for products; improving the resilience of the sector in terms of the ability of producers to adapt and react to unexpected developments and market crises; ensuring production sustainability and resource efficiency; and increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables (fresh and processed), among others.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Consultation
    Link Producer organisations


  11. EU-Kiribati see new FPA Protocol
    2012-06-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, ACP-EU Trade, Food Policy

    The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, and the Republic of Kiribati initialed a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement. This new Protocol will cover a period of 3 years and provide fishing opportunities, which include a reference tonnage of 15,000 tons.
    These fishing opportunities, which will be of use for Spanish, French, and Portuguese ship owners, have been calculated on the basis of the scientific recommendations.  The new protocol will replace the current Protocol, which is set to expire on September 16th, 2012.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Country strategy 2008-13
    Link Kiribati-EU


  12. Mauritius' 2012 sugar production to fall
    2012-06-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Food Security, Food Policy

    According the Mauritian Chamber of Agriculture, sugar output is set to drop by 5.8 percent to 410,000 tonnes this year from 435,309 tonnes in 2011 due to lower rainfall. The Chamber announced in a statement that "growth of the sugar cane plant has been affected by a sharp drop in rainfall at the start of the year in the northern and western parts of the island".
    For centuries, sugar has been one of the pillars of the country´s economy, accounting for $10 billion-a-year, or roughly 1.2 percent of gross domestic product.
    The island switched to exporting processed sugar instead of the raw commodity when the EU cut its guaranteed price for ACP sugar in 2009.

    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link Mauritius 2012 sugar output
    Link Mauritius-EU


  13. Public support to EU humanitarian aid
    2012-06-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Humanitarian Aid

    According to the European Commission, public support for humanitarian aid has gone up in the EU in spite of the economic crisis. This is one of the key findings of the latest Eurobarometer survey on humanitarian aid and civil protection.
    Nine out of 10 citizens (88 %) believe it is important for the European Union to continue funding humanitarian aid, a rise of nine percentage points since the last survey in 2010. Almost as many, 84 %, support maintaining humanitarian aid funding in spite of the current economic crisis and pressures on public finances.
    ‘Even in times of hardship, the EU public still supports us in helping people around the world who through no fault of their own find themselves in dire need — and that support has strengthened over the last two years,’ said Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
    'I'm proud for Europe that there is such a strong commitment and support for humanitarian aid and civil protection despite the difficulties we face today. We do not take such generosity for granted. It is our duty to do our utmost to deliver aid and protection in a compassionate, professional and efficient way,’ the Commissioner added.
    There is also a firm endorsement of the Commission's role in coordinating EU humanitarian aid; 71 % — up 13 percentage points since 2010. A strong majority of respondents (88 %) also supports an initiative to involve young people in EU humanitarian operations within an EU voluntary aid corps.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about ECHO
    Link Eurobarometer reports


  14. Ministers to agree on the cornerstones of 7TH EAP
    2012-06-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    As the 6th Environmental Program will expire soon, and it has been a top priority for the Danish Presidency to set the stage for a green transition of Europe , the European Ministers for environment and climate will meet with the aim of reaching an agreement on the cornerstones of a future 7th Environment Action Programme.
    Ministers will also agree on council conclusions on the mandate for the 11th meeting under the Convention for Biodiversity (CBD), taking place in October in Hyderabad, India. The mandate will make it possible for the EU to engage constructively in the discussions with the developing countries in regards to the financing of global biodiversity.According to the Danish presidency press service, this programme will lead the way for an ambitious environmental policy and transition towards a green economy in Europe 2020.
    Likewise,  European ministers will debate key issues of the Commissions recent proposal for common accounting rules for greenhouse gas emission from forestry and land use in the EU. Currently, there is no EU accounting framework in place beyond 2012.
    “This is an important first step in strengthening the foundation for climate friendly conduct in the forestry and land use sectors. In this way, we encourage that all sectors in the EU contribute to the fights against climate change” says Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard.

    Source: Danish Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link 6th Environment Programme
    Link Danish Presidency


  15. South Africa's shift runs risk of backfiring
    2012-06-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    According to Roeland van de Geer, head of the EU delegation to South Africa, the policy of favouring its fellow BRICS members India and China for development funding while shunning the West may backfire on South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC). “Attack us - that is fine. It does not matter. But don't say that in this economic period we don't need each other because that undermines the relationship", he states.
    While the ANC has sent mixed messages to Western countries about how welcome their capital is in Africa's largest economy, a top official said last week that these were decreasing in importance."If you get these remarks without nuance, it spoils a lot. I cannot correct that. The damage is done" Mr. van de Geer stressed.
    According to a statement by the ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to Reuters, the continent's largest economies were shunning "sulking" Western investors and adopting a "Look East" policy to stimulate their growth.
    Even if South Africa is increasingly tying its economic and diplomatic fortunes to emerging nations, the EU remains South Africa's largest overall trading partner, with the bulk of South Africa's exports to the 27-member bloc being manufactured goods.

    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link EU-South Africa
    Link EU delegation in SA


  16. Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility
    2012-06-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Supported by a fund of € 50 million provided by the German government and the European Union, the establishment and operation of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) for Eastern Africa will be led by the Pöyry's Energy business group, which has won a consulting contract. The four-year contract by the African Union Commission (AUC) in cooperation with the KfW Development Bank is worth €3.5 million. 
    According to New Europe, GRMF identifies and develops geothermal resources for power production in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. These projects will be supported by Poyry's experience in the procurement and tendering processes and knowledge of geothermal resources.

    Source: New Europe


    Link Read more
    Link GRMF
    Link EU-Eastern Africa framework


  17. ACP fisheries to be hot topic of discussion in Fiji
    2012-06-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    This month Fiji will see the 3rd ACP Fisheries Ministers meeting, which will gather more than 100 delegates from the ACP region to discuss key and current issues, such as the sustainable fisheries resources management. Notably, the meeting will see the conclusion of discussions on a five-year strategic plan of action for fisheries and aquaculture in the ACP region.
    There will also be discussions on the population and nutrition future outlook with regards to food security, optimizing returns from fishing, aquaculture and mariculture.
    At the last meeting, held in November 2010 in Mahe, Seychelles, fisheries ministers of the ACP adopted a resolution addressing climate change and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, among other issues.

    Source: The jet Newspaper



    Link Read more
    Link Conclusions made in Seychelles
    Link ACP Fish II


  18. African lacks an institutional environment to boost innovation
    2012-06-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies

    Following the second meeting of the Network for the Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science and Technology Cooperation (CAAST-Net), held in Dakar, the recommendations made have pointed to the necessity of an institutional environment that can encourage innovation on the African continent.
    Almamy Konté, director of technological research at the Ministry of Scientific Research in Senegal, stressed the minimal interaction between researchers, governmental authorities and the private sector in many African countries.
    Equally, Gerasimos Apostolatos, the principal scientific officer at the European Commission, recalled that innovation is essential for Africa's development.  The main obstacles are related to the lack of funding and synergy between academia and industry, regarding technological innovation.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link know more about CAAST-Net
    Link CAAST network to help improve S&T cooperation


  19. A meaningful difference in terms of development
    2012-06-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies, ACP-EU Trade

    According to the South African Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, facing key challenges can make a meaningful difference in terms of growth and development in Africa. An inadequate infrastructure, small and fragmented markets, as well as insufficient diversification of industrial output are part of the homework that Africa must soon address and development actors should support. He recalls that the average growth of the African continent was estimated to be 5.8 percent and that was in contrast with the European Union, which has gone into recession.
    Speaking of growing economies in the world, as six of today’s ten fastest growing economies are located on the African continent, he stated that "after Asia, the African continent is increasingly widely recognised as the next growth frontier and dynamic business people can no longer afford not be involved in it. "
    In his opinion, the answer lies in the promotion of a developmental regional integration agenda and industrialisation.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link EU-South Africa
    Link Another note on EPAs and African integration


  20. ACP-EU updates: the JPA, crisis-spillover, and SADC integration
    2012-06-04
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Gender and development, Migration and development, New Technologies, ACP-EU Fisheries, Food Security, Health and Development, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy, Humanitarian Aid

    Horsens, Denmark, recently witnessed the latest ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA).  Apart from topics frequently discussed by the MEPs and their counterparts from the ACP Countries during previous meetings, they also took a deeper look at the consequences of the instability in Africa. While Louis Michel, Co-President of the Assembly, spoke in particular of the potentially devastating consequences of political insecurity in Mali for neighbouring states, such as Niger, Mauritania and Senegal, the side effects of the Libyan conflict on both the ACP Group and the EU were also discussed. Addressing the deputies, Mr. Michel also warned that the current crisis in the Sahel region could not be solved without both political and military intervention.
    Renewed calls for flexibility on trade negotiations also echoed from the meeting. The President of the ACP members, Hon. Musikari Kombo (Kenya), demanded a withdrawal of the EU proposal to amend market access laws, which would set a deadline for finalising Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) for ACP countries, or else lose duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.
    Moreover, ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas appealed for an approach based on “partnership”, with coherence between trade policies and development goals. “We will continue with the negotiations with a view of concluding EPAs that will be development-friendly – that is, EPAs which address our supply side constraints, development constraints and infrastructure constraints which do not enable us to produce and take advantage of the big European market.”
    Fiji took advantage of this meeting to call  for support and understanding from the EU and the ACP regarding the political situation in the country, and reforms and processes involved. Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola assured   that Fiji’s journey toward parliamentary elections is on-track and in line with the government’s Roadmap for Democracy, and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development.
    Future meetings at ACP-EU level will take place in Vanuatu. The country will the 37th session of the joint ACP-EU council of ministers between June 11 and June 15, 2012. It will be preceded by the 95th session of the ACP council on ministers in Port Vila. The conference is expected to attract 1,000 participants from ACP and EU member states.
    Other ACP-EU issues also attracted the attention of the media, most notably regarding the Southern Africa Development Community SADC. Taking into account the success of the EU in terms of integration, Carlos Rosado de Carvalho, an Angolan economist, suggested that the  SADC should adopt the same functional model. In some discussions with The Angola Press, the economist recalled the EU’s history and its current status as the world's main economic bloc.
    Mr. Rosado underlined, however, that following economic integration, there must be a stronger political integration, which he stated was on the agenda. 12
    Additionally, at the celebrations of the 62nd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration in Luanda, Ambassador Gerard McGovern, the EU Head of Delegation in Botswana, underlined that the country has much to gain from its relationship with the EU: “As a landlocked country, Botswana stands to gain much from improved regional transport links, more free trade and cross-border co-operation”.
    He also stated that “Europe is ready to invest in this project for the benefit of Botswana and its neighbours”. Amid criticism of the provisions of the EPAs, he stated that “after years of uncertainty, an agreement is within sight” and called on Africa’s leadership to make the trade deal a reality this year. 18
    On a positive note, as Cameroon is set to meet the challenge of doubling its annual banana output by 2013, the EU will grant the country €48 million for the sector. In this regard, the head of the External Trade Department in Cameroon’s Ministry of Trade, Emmanuel Mbarga, stressed that this support is expected to find its way major producing firms that aim to increase production.
    News from the Caribbean was also positive. Managing Director for the Americas of the EUs European External Action Service, Christian Leffler  said that the relationship has been evolving from a classic, old-style, post-independence relationship based essentially on development cooperation and preferential trade arrangements, to a far more mature multifaceted relationship between equal partners who choose to work together on a whole range of issues in political, economic, social, commercial and developmental areas. “The strategy is coming very close to completion and I am sure before very long we will be celebrating a simultaneous adoption in Europe and in the Caribbean”,
    Yet, complaints over EU-ACP trade relations were not absent this week. Tight restrictions for Rwandan traders are currently leading to several complaints. As some products, especially horticulture, are facing difficulties in accessing the European market, Rwandans feel forced to export goods to US or Japan where the markets do not appear to be as protective.
    According to, Nicolas Ndagijimana, a Rwandan coffee exporter, one " […] will find that in Europe they are more protective of their local businesses; that's why some products, especially horticulture exports are not allowed in".


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