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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Stefano Manservisi, director-general for International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, based in Brussels, is leading a high-level European Union team to Jamaica, starting today. Foreign Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, in a release yesterday, said Manservisi will lead the high-level delegation to Kingston from February 1 to 2 for regional and bilateral talks with several high-level government representatives from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Conflicts, poverty and drought have forced hundreds of thousands of Africans to leave their homes. Czechs are among the Europeans who go there to give them a helping hand, which can take the form of seed potatoes, textbooks or even simple advice on how to nurture their children appropriately.There are more than 218 million people living in extreme poverty in Africa. The European Union therefore invests millions of euros to improve the living conditions of Africans and to limit their mass migration to the north. The financial assistance provided to Africa by the EU then turns into real and concrete aid – for example, in the form of sweet potato seedlings, wells or school buildings.

The European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) have both pledged unwavering support to President Mnangagwa’s Government in its efforts to reintegrate Zimbabwe into the international community and reforms to place the economy on a growth trajectory. AU chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat will visit Zimbabwe soon to assess how the AU can support the country in its preparations for harmonised elections, to be held by June this year and renewed efforts to have illegal sanctions imposed by the West lifted.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, Mr William Hanna, has urged Ghanaian exporters to add value to their products in order to attract lower tariffs on the European market. “Europe today already buys your high quality products and we want to buy more if you add value to your products here in Ghana, by processing them so that you do not face higher tariffs,” he stated. Mr Hanna said that in an interview with the media in Accra last Thursday to explain further the Ghana-EU Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Monday, 29 January 2018

The European Union, has pledged more than €4 billion for small business startups for young people. The Union will work closely with many African governments to implement its grant program. The grant program to run annually and will prioritize agriculture, science and technology innovations that promote economic growth and job creation. Most grants will be given under these three categories. Over 200 young people across have so far received average grants of €5,000 Euro that focus on Climate innovation technologies in the last year.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

European Investment Bank (EIB), has granted the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), a line of credit agreement amounting to €100 million. The agreement took place last week in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on the sidelines of the African Union-European Union Summit. The facility is aimed at financing trade-related long-term productive investments by private sector entities, or commercially operated public sector entities in Afreximbank member countries that are also signatories to the Cotonou Agreement. The seven-year loan will finance trade-related investments and projects in Africa, with particular emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in export manufacturing.

Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were named Tuesday in a new list of global tax havens released by the European Union. EU finance ministers said that the countries - Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago - were among 17 countries on the blacklist of tax havens, after 10 months of investigations by EU officials. Caribbean countries have in the past, been very critical of being included on these lists, insisting that they have done everything as outlined by various European organisations like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Small Holder Farmers are fostering agriculture and nutrition in eastern and northern Sierra Leone through nurseries and out-planting for improved varieties of cocoa, coffee, cashew and grafted fruit trees. The European Union, Welthungerhilfe Coopi and Inter Aid are funding the ProAct project which is targeting men and women with support to agriculture diversification while also raising awareness with the population on the links between food diversification, hygiene and improved nutrition.

Europe’s largest development bank, the EIB, has laid out plans for a new subsidiary focused solely on non-EU projects that it hopes could also keep some of Britain’s billions in the bank after Brexit, European Union sources said.The outline of the new offshoot, which would initially focus on countries fuelling Europe’s migrant crisis and lend around 7-8 billion euros a year, was given to EU finance ministers at their meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, the sources told Reuters. It aims to bring more of the EU’s international development spending into a streamlined and market-savvy unit that would also be able to work hand-in-hand with the EU’s various national development banks.

The European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have invested €60 million in the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme over the next six years – making it one of the largest EU biodiversity programmes. The programme is being implemented by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

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