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CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 376
Subject: CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 376
Send date: 2013-11-06 09:48:35
Issue #: 193
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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 : 01 November 2013
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Brussels Briefing on Farmer-driven research on Thursday 14 November
  2. Main Events for the Week 31/10/2013 – 08/11/2013
  3. Video Guest: Kalilou Sylla (Executive Secretary, ROPPA, West Africa)
  4. EU aid in € 36billion funding gap ahead of 2015 UN targets
  5. EU confirms its support for West Africa's development and integration
  6. ACP Ministers disappointed by the end of EU sugar quota
  7. EU-Mauritania agreement for sustainable fishing
  8. EPA: EU trade talks with Pacific stalled
  9. EU institutions agree on transition measures for agriculture in 2014
  10. MEPs whishe to strengthen EU trading rights
  11. Accession to the WTO: Seychelles concludes negotiations with EU
  12. Lampedusa tragedy should be a wake-up call for EU migration policy
  13. European Parliament supports help for fishermen but reject subsidies for fleet renewal
  14. The September 2013 edition of ”Comodity price data”
  15. Call for Proposals for the second ACP-EU Energy Facility
  16. EU begins negotiations for Fishing Agreement with Cook Islands
  17. ACP: Development issues to be considered during the next WTO negotiations
  18. MEPs pressure Commission for better meat origin labelling
  19. ACP leaders hope that EU will consider developing countries regarding trade issues
  20. Ghana stands by food safety
  21. European Union supports bee farming in Fiji


  1. Brussels Briefing on Farmer-driven research on Thursday 14 November
    2013-10-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Agriculture

    ‘Farmer-driven research to improve food and nutrition security’ is the theme of the next Brussels Development Briefing – organized in Brussels by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), the European Commission (EC), the ACP Group, and Concord in partnership with INSARD (Including Smallholders in Agricultural Research for Development).
    Register and join us on Thursday 14th November 2013 at the Jacques Delors Building (in Brussels) to hear what, researchers, politicians and experts have to say on the matter. If you cannot be in Brussels on 14th of November, you can still follow the Briefing live online via webstreaming. The link will be announced on the day of the event.You can download the detailed program of the event, as well as a brief research note on the topic here.
    Use the form online to register, or send an email to boto@cta.int. To find more about the Briefings click here; to consult the material produced at and after the last Briefing on ‘Agricultural transformation in Africa’ click here.
    The Brussels Development Briefings are regular events on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation.


    Link Read more
    Link Detailed program of the event
    Link Registration form


  2. Main Events for the Week 31/10/2013 – 08/11/2013
    2013-10-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    European Parliament:

    - 04-07 November: European Parliament committee meetings

    Council of the EU:

    - 29 October: Meeting of the Political and Security Committee
    - 05 November: Meeting of the Political and Security Committee
    - 08 November: Meeting of the Political and Security Committee

    ACP Group:

    - 29 October: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
    - 29 October: Enlarged Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
    - 30 October: 4th Open Day of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department
    - 05 November: 5th Meeting of the Ad Hoc W/G on Post-2015 MDGs

    You can also follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.




  3. Video Guest: Kalilou Sylla (Executive Secretary, ROPPA, West Africa)
    2013-10-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture

    In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA, West Africa,  tells us more about the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security and the 10 percent national budget allocation to agriculture development.
    Sylla gives an update about the implementation and progress of Maputo commitments. He says we witness a clear change in West African agriculture, but we are still waiting to see the impact on the ground. He states that while the commitment to allocate at least 10 percent of national budgetary resources to agriculture and rural development policy implementation is actually met by several country, in many cases the major part of the funding comes from external donors.
    On the 2nd October 2013,  Kalilou Sylla held a presentation on “the progress of Maputo commitments towards agriculture in West Africa” as part of the Brussels Briefing on the ‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa’ organized by CTA Brussels at the Borschette Congress Center in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: http://brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/agricultural-transformation-in-africa/


    Link Watch the Video


  4. EU aid in € 36billion funding gap ahead of 2015 UN targets
    2013-10-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    European aid to poor countries is stalling two years ahead of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals deadline, with aid cut or stagnant in 19 member states reveals the new Concord AidWatch report published today on the International Day for Poverty Eradication. The report looks at the quality and quantity of EU aid, with analysis showing that the funding gap to reach the UN target stands at €36 billion.
    This report states that the EU-27 countries delivered €50.6 billion or 0.39% of EU’s gross national income in aid in 2012, a 4% drop compared to previous year. EU aid has fallen to its lowest levels since 2007 with AidWatch projections showing that total aid is expected to remain almost stagnant at approximately 0.43% of GNI.by 2013-2014.
    This report also shows that several countries have substantially increased their aid, the largest relative increases being in Latvia (17%), Luxembourg (14%), Poland (14%), Austria (8%), Lithuania (8%) and the United Kingdom (7%). Those already reaching the 0.7% target are Denmark (0.8%), Luxembourg (1%) and Sweden (0.99%), and in 2013 the UK will join them, at 0.7%. €5.6 billion of EU aid was inflated and never reached developing countries, bringing genuine aid down to €45 billion or 0.35% of GNI.

    Source: Oxfam


    Link Read more
    Link Civil-society perspectives for the post-2015 agenda
    Link The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)


  5. EU confirms its support for West Africa's development and integration
    2013-10-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Archive

    EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced today (29 October 2013) new financial support for West Africa for the period 2014-2020, during a round of discussions with Ministers and other authorities of the countries in the region on the priorities to be funded during the next 7 years. This support will amount to some €6.4 billion (subject to confirmation by the European Parliament and Council) and is expected to support investments that generate growth and job creation for the 300 million citizens of West Africa.
    Welcoming the commitment, Commissioner Piebalgs said: "We only have to look at the challenges in areas like energy, infrastructure development and drought-driven food crises to understand that West Africa has a direct interest in our ability to address poverty eradication and sustainable development together."
    Last week, West Africa’s Heads of State decided to further cement the region’s Customs Union by adopting a common external tariff. By shoring up the West African common market, the initiative will have an economic and social impact quickly benefiting the poorest in the region and, at the same time, securing peace and lasting stability. The European Union remains West Africa’s key partner for regional integration and therefore warmly welcomes the agreement. Out of the €6.4 billion, €1.2 billion will be provided to finance regional programmes for 2014-2020.
    As for the current financial period (2007-2013), the European Union has also announced its 2013 programme (€150 million) to enhance regional integration in the West African region; by helping to rehabilitate and support infrastructure projects, boost sub-regional economic activity and increase connectivity between countries within the region. As expected results of this programme, transportation costs and travel time will be reduced, therefore boosting trade activities.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link ECOWAS-EU political dialogue: food security and political stability
    Link The Economic Community Of West African States


  6. ACP Ministers disappointed by the end of EU sugar quota
    2013-10-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    Sugar Ministers and senior officials from 27 African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries who attended the 13th African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Sugar Ministerial meeting in Sigatoka on Monday 14 October 2013 were keen to maintain their preferential access to the European Union and an extension of the EU's present quota system. They expressed their disappointment in the European Union’s (EU) decision to not extend the quota to the end of the decade. The European Union has chosen to abolish sugar import quotas by 2017, earlier than the previously planned 2020. The ACP sugar producers position was strongly supported by the European Parliament and other sugar stakeholders in Europe. In addition, the government reforms in the ACP sugar industries have been shown successful results.

    Source: Fiji Times and the Fijian Government


    Link Read more
    Link ACP leaders hope that EU will consider developing countries regarding trade issues
    Link Impact of the abolition of EU sugar quota on ACP countries


  7. EU-Mauritania agreement for sustainable fishing
    2013-10-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    A large amount of European Parliamentarians recently endorsed the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA). This protocol supports sustainable fishing in Mauritania, and specifically protects the interests of over 30 000 fishermen’s livelihood: the fishing of octopus. This sustainability protects the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Mauritania from European Union (EU) interests.
    Beatirce Gorez, Coordinator of Coalition Fair Fisheries Agreement (CFFA), notes that while the agreement is not perfect it is a step toward building sustainable relations between the fisheries of the EU and of third nations. Sidi Ahmed, President of  the Confederation of African Artisanal Fishermen Organisations (CAOPA) also appreciated the  “historic decision to grant the exclusivity of access to cephalopods (octopus) to the national fishing sector, particularly small-scale and coastal fisheries.”
    Gorez emphasised that though the two year EU-Mauritania FPA protocol was voted on last week, it had been signed in August 2012, approved by Council in December 2012, and provisionally implemented since. This, she notes implies that the negotiations for the next EU-Mauritania FPA will start in a few months.

    Source: American Daily Herald


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Mauritania Fisheries Agreement: Controversies, amendment of fishing opportunities
    Link EU-Mauritania agreement: unviable?


  8. EPA: EU trade talks with Pacific stalled
    2013-10-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    A Pacific Trade delegation was in Brussels from 21 October to discuss the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). However, negotiations endured another blow, with reports of a meeting between the Pacific Trade delegation in Brussels and the European Union (EU) Commissioner Karel de Gucht not going ahead as scheduled. The nation’s Trade Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum assured that the European Union did not suspended EPAs negotiations in Brussels. He explained that the meeting with the EU Trade Commissioner did not go ahead because of the issues that were identified in the trade officials meeting, and the fact that Pacific countries need to regroup as a region, Islands Business informs.
    A the end of the first consultation meeting of the Eminent Persons Group of member states of the ACP Group held in Apia, Samoa from 17-19 October 2013, Samoa’s Ambassador to the European Union, Fatumanava III Dr Paolelei Luteru said that the possibility of wrapping up the drawn out trade negotiations between the Pacific and the European Union is fading. The purpose of this high level meeting is to define the future outlooks of the ACP group and trade relationship with the European Union (EU).
    Fatumanava III remarks echo those of the Solomon Islands National Trade Negotiations Envoy Robert Sisilo, who earlier this month said after almost 10 years of negotiations, the prospect of concluding a comprehensive EPA between the Pacific Island Countries and the EU remains as elusive as ever. EPAs are trade and development agreements negotiated between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific regions engaged in a regional economic integration process.

    Source: Islands Business


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Eminent Persons to hold first round of consultations in the Pacific
    Link More on the EPA


  9. EU institutions agree on transition measures for agriculture in 2014
    2013-10-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture

    The Council and the European Parliament reached political agreement ad referendum on transitional measures for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2014 in an informal inter-institutional meeting in Strasbourg on the 23 October 2013. The main elements of this agreement were discussed in an informal trilogue on this issue held in Brussels on 17 October.
    The agreement on the reform of the CAP reached between the EU institutions in June and September this year should lead to the adoption of the provisions, together with their publication in the Official Journal, before the end of the year. For direct payments and rural development, the new rules will start to apply as from 1 January 2015. In order to bridge the gap between the current provisions and the reformed CAP, the transitional measures for the year 2014 comprise technical arrangements designed to enable a smooth transition from the current to the new legal framework. At the same time such measures aim to ensure the continuity of the various forms of support under the CAP.
    While the EU Common Agricultural Policy has no direct measure concerning international trade, the reform may have an impact on African markets. On 12 October 2011 the Commission presented a set of legal proposals designed to make the CAP a more effective policy for a more competitive and sustainable agriculture and vibrant rural areas. A political agreement on the reform of the CAP has been reached between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, On 26 June 2013.

    Source: European Council


    Link Read more
    Link The Common Agricultural Policy after 2013
    Link SCA approved final compromise texts of the CAP


  10. MEPs whishe to strengthen EU trading rights
    2013-10-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Parliament called on the Commission to strengthen the EU's trading rights and interests both within the WTO and in bilateral agreements, in Strasbourg, on Wednesday 23 October. Currently, in the absence of horizontal legislation for the handling of disputes, all litigation decisions are handled on a case by case basis, which is very slow and not dissuasive to trading partners who do not fulfill their contractual obligations, according to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). In his report, ALDE MEP Niccolò Rinaldi (IdV, Italy) also requests that EU need to enforce effective retaliation measures, which should also include the services sector. " The Commission must understand that we are ready to use these instruments" he said.

    Source: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)


    Link Read more
    Link EP Trade committee aims to strengthen EU’s trade-regulation powers
    Link World Trade Organization


  11. Accession to the WTO: Seychelles concludes negotiations with EU
    2013-10-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Seychelles Ambassador Vivienne Fock Tave and the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) Angelos Pangratis today signed a deal concluding bilateral negotiations on Seychelles’ accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The bilateral deal provides for the lowering of tariffs for trade in goods and for the opening of services markets upon accession. These commitments will be then embodied in the future Protocol of Accession of Seychelles to the WTO. Accession to the WTO is expected to make a lasting contribution to the process of economic reform and sustainable development in the Seychelles.
    “Today's signature is a milestone in Seychelles' WTO accession process and an important step towards fostering our economic relations," said Pangratis. "The EU strongly supports the WTO accession of our partner in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific group. We believe that Seychelles has made remarkable progress in preparing for WTO entry and hope to welcome it into the WTO family very soon".
    The Republic of Seychelles applied for WTO membership on 31 May 1995 with the WTO Working Party on its accession being established on 11 July 1995. In order to become a WTO member, Seychelles must complete bilateral negotiations with interested WTO members and obtain the endorsement of this Working Party.
    The EU is Seychelles' main trading partner, accounting for 61% of its exports and 30% of its imports. Trade in goods between the EU and Seychelles is governed by the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) concluded in 2007 and provisionally applied since May 2012.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EAC- EU economic agreement negotiations
    Link World Trade Organization


  12. Lampedusa tragedy should be a wake-up call for EU migration policy
    2013-10-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The latest refugee tragedies close to Lampedusa and Malta earlier this month should be considered as a turning point for European migration policy based on more solidarity and responsibility according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Wednesday 23 in Strasbourg.
    Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader also called for a common EU migration policy: "Over the last 20 years, over 25,000 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean sea. If we wish to avoid further tragedies, today's Heads of State and Government must assume their responsibilities  based on a three-pillar approach:
    - increasing budgetary support for EU agencies like Frontex, Eurosur and EASO;
    - developing a legal economic migration policy, similar to the US, Canada or Australia, to plug our skills gap and cracking down hard on human trafficking;
    - tackling the root causes for the migration flows, especially from North Africa and Arab countries."
    ALDE spokesperson and EP rapporteur on EUROSUR Jan Mulder (VVD, Netherlands) also called for a coherent and holistic European migration policy, arguing that there is no easy answer. He stressed the importance “to address the root causes, such as third countries' political instability and poverty, and stop focusing only on its symptoms if we really want to avoid yet more tragedies occurring. The EU must engage in closer cooperation with third countries under migration pressure and develop a more comprehensive strategy for their political and economic development
    "Member States should also foresee heavy criminal sanctions for human traffickers and smugglers whilst lending assistance to migrants in distress", he underlined. In this respect the resolution calls for the EU and its Member States to amend any legislation sanctioning people for assisting migrants in distress at sea."

    Source: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)


    Link Read more
    Link European Migration Network Report
    Link EU needs “to effectively manage its external borders”


  13. European Parliament supports help for fishermen but reject subsidies for fleet renewal
    2013-10-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    On Wednesday 23 October, in Strasbourg,  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) rejected calls for EU subsidies to be paid for fishing boats renewal but approved payment of subsidies to help fishermen adjust to change and provide funding for small ports affected by declines in fish landings. The vote on the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will provide €6 billion towards the fishing industry between 2014 and 2020. Nils Torvalds, MEP (Finland) said  "Fleet renewal would have turned the clock back to 2002 when it was phased out in the EU. That would have sent a signal to the rest of the world that even though many of our waters are overfished we would subsidize new building of vessels with taxpayers money."

    Source: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)


    Link Read more
    Link Agreement on European maritime and fisheries fund
    Link EU fisheries reform: Council confirms political agreement


  14. The September 2013 edition of ”Comodity price data”
    2013-10-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture, ACP-EU Trade

    The European Commission (EC) has released the September 2013 edition of ”Comodity price data”, a price dashboard which provides a summary of commodity price data for the most representative agricultural products and consumer food prices, at European Union (EU) and world level for the month of August. Although not all the products are comparable at both EU and world level, this document is intended to give an indication on the most recent price developments. Databases with the EU market prices for the most representative products are also available.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Consult the September edition of the Commodity price dashboard


  15. Call for Proposals for the second ACP-EU Energy Facility
    2013-10-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Energy, Archive

    A call for project proposals for the second ACP-EU Energy Facility has been opened on the 9th October 2013. The theme of the call for proposals is energy and fragility. "Fragile states” is the term used for countries facing particularly severe development challenges: weak institutional capacity, poor governance, and political instability causing a reduced resilience to shocks such as economic crisis and natural hazards. Often these countries experience on-going violence as the residue of past severe conflict. Fragile states have acute energy needs that often require different approaches than those applied in other countries.
    Access to modern and sustainable energy services is vital for satisfying basic human needs and a prerequisite for economic growth. Yet one in every five people on Earth lives without access to electricity and the opportunities it offers.
    The Global objective of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on poverty alleviation, as well as of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) objectives on energy, while helping to fight against climate change.
    The Specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to increase and improve access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for rural and peri-urban poor by focusing on renewable energy solutions as well as on energy efficiency measures.
    The Deadline for submission of concept notes and full applications is on the 14th February 2014.

    Source: EuroAlert.net


    Link Read more
    Link Guidelines for grant applicants
    Link More on the ACP-EU Energy Facility


  16. EU begins negotiations for Fishing Agreement with Cook Islands
    2013-10-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    This summer, representatives from the Cook Islands and the European Union (EU), met in Rarotonga, Cook Islands to discuss and begin negotiations on a Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA).
    This agreement will allow the EU to fish tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, and in return will give the Cook Islands a financial contribution. Money from the EU will also be allocated to support domestic maritime and fishery policy. This bilateral partnership is of great importance to the region so that sustainable fisheries can grow. Additionally, through this agreement, policy will be supported that fights illegal, unreported, and unregulated, fisheries. The adoption of the agreement may also foster similar dialogues concerning fisheries and domestic governance in the region.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link New Fisheries Partnership agreement between EU and The Cook Islands
    Link More on the cooperation EU - the Cook Islands


  17. ACP: Development issues to be considered during the next WTO negotiations
    2013-10-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Trade Ministers of the ACP Group of States emphasized during meeting in Brussels 9-11 October the importance of securing a balanced and meaningful outcome in the areas under negotiation at the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the WTO to be held in Bali, Indonesia 3-6 December 2013.
    They considered the status of work regarding the negotiations preparation and they said they are expecting a successful outcome in Bali and a clear commitment to a post-Bali work programme that places development at its core.
    The Ministers urged all members to show the required flexibilities to achieve consensus in the areas of Development, Least Developed Country issues, Agriculture, and Trade Facilitation and ensure a balanced outcome within and between these pillars. Finally, they welcomed the intensification of work led by the Chairman of the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee and stressed the importance of ensuring that these negotiations respect the principles of fairness, inclusiveness and transparency.

    Source: ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link AU and EU to Strengthen Trade and Economic Links


  18. MEPs pressure Commission for better meat origin labelling
    2013-10-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) strongly oppose the European Commission (EC) on the meat origin labeling of ready meals. On Thursday 10 October, they have sent a open letter to Health Commissioner Tonio Borg asking the Commission to impose better meat origin on lasagnas and other types of frozen dishes, eight months after the horsemeat scandal. Yet the European Comission position remains unclear.
    The Commission is expected to publish soon a report outlining the direction to take about the labeling of ready meals.However, Agnes Le Brun, a French MEP in the centre-right European People's Party group, warned that despite reassurances from Borg, the report “is about to bury the possibility of mentioning the origin of meat in prepared dishes,”She added that  “it seems that the Commission is trying to justify this move by telling us that the consumers are more interested in the price than the origin of their meat”.
    MEPs hope that a better labeling for a food's origin will allow the consumers to be better informed, especially for low cost products. The EC responded that  it would consult the member states and the Parliament before making changes to labeling regulations. However it has not given a clear position on this issue since the horsemeat scandal broke out at the beginning of 2013.

    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU: Horse meat scandal of fraudulent labelling
    Link EU Consumers want clearer food origin labelling


  19. ACP leaders hope that EU will consider developing countries regarding trade issues
    2013-10-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    The Assistant Secretary General of the  African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (ACP), Achille Bassilekin and other leaders, hope that developing countries will remain in consideration when the EU makes trade agreements with other nations. They made this statement, this week in Fiji for a joint meeting, during a joint meeting with representatives from the European Union (EU), about the farming and sugar trade.
    ACP leaders are also concerned that the quota for EU sugar imports from ACP states is set to end in 2014, as opposed to renewing the agreement until 2020. They regret that the quota ends with such short notice.

    Source: Islands Business


    Link Read more
    Link Impact of the abolition of EU sugar quota on ACP countries
    Link More on the ACP countries


  20. Ghana stands by food safety
    2013-10-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, Agriculture, ACP-EU Trade

    Addressing the ministers and officials the European Union (EU) and the Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries at the 12th Joint Session of the Ministerial Trade Committee in Brussels, Mr Hauruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana, assured that the Ghanaian government has been reducing the number of contaminants in foodstuffs and cocoa products in specific. Mr Iddrisu also mentioned striking a good balance between maintaining the safety of these products while minimizing any negative impact. The extra work required to make sure that the raw materials are clean and safe enough to be processed, would definitely place a further burden on ACP producers. In this context, Mr Iddrisu also proposed to set up an agenda to work towards the reduction of the environmental sources of contamination of cocoa beans.

    Source: Ghanaweb


    Link Read more
    Link Ghana increases its banana exports to Europe
    Link EU-Ghana relations


  21. European Union supports bee farming in Fiji
    2013-10-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    The European Union (EU), has supplied bee and honey harvesting equipment to the beekeepers of the Northern Bee Farmers Co-Operative (NBFC) in Fiji. Over 70 members of NBFC will benefit from this support and will share the equipment.
    Additionally, the NBFC’s office will undergo a renovation, and upon completion, will house a new honey processing facility. The president of the NBFC notes that this support will increase both honey production in the region and the income and standard of life of bee farmers. The NBFC directly purchases the produce from farmers, guaranteeing the beekeepers a steady income while honey is in season. Future plans for the NBFC include improving the quality of the honey so the product can earn higher prices in an even larger market.

    Source: Solomon Times




    Link Read more
    Link Fiji pushes Pacific trade agenda with Europe




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