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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation Lilianne Ploumen says The Netherlands is looking forward to partnering Namibia in trade and all-inclusive development. The EU member is also looking at furthering the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). The resolution on women, peace and security was adopted unanimously on 31 October 2000, and acknowledges the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls.

Increasing intra-ACP and inter-ACP trade will boost the agricultural sector of the African Caribbean and the Pacific countries, says Roberto Ridolfi the director general of DEVCO of the European Commission. Mr Ridolfi joined other eminent speakers including the executive director of International Trade Centre Arancha Gonzalez, and Assistant Secretary General of ACP Secretariat Viwanou Gnassounou, who spoke in detail about how agriculture could assist countries to achieve sustainable development goals.

Local governance, stepping up intra-ACP trade and common management of ACP-EU migration were among the topics discussed by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) at its 31st session, which closed on Wednesday 15 June, in Windhoek, Namibia. In a debate on Wednesday, Members called for a renewed post-Cotonou architecture to adapt the ACP-EU partnership to new global challenges. Co-President ad interim Michèle Rivasi (Greens/EFA, FR) stressed the need to strengthen the parliamentary dimension and include civil society in the new form of cooperation.

The European Union may be planning to lift the ban placed on the export of some vegetables from Ghana last year, because the produce did not meet the required quality standards. This was hinted at by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna. According to Hanna, though there is a huge market in the EU for Ghanaian produce, the union will not compromise on quality standards. Speaking to Citi Business News on the latest development, William Hanna explained that the EU is currently assisting local farmers through its Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling Programme (TRAQUE) to ensure that they meet the standards.

Global value chains, and the related trade in intermediate goods and services, dominate today's interconnected economy. Tragic events, such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in 2013, have shed new light on the operation of these chains. Pressure is mounting on the various stakeholders involved at both national and international levels to prevent and mitigate the risks of the adverse effects linked to their functioning.