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Sunday, 22 July 2018

The African Union has appointed Carlos Lopes, a member of President Paul Kagame's dream team in reforming the continental body and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as the high representative for the post-2020 negotiations with the European Union.

Africa’s share of the European avocado market fell from 27% to 18% between 2014 and 2017, according to FreshFruitPortal, citing data from Eurostat. While African avocado exports to the EU actually rose by about 5% over this period, from 82,000 to 86,000 tonnes, this increase is marginal compared to the 59% leap in avocado imports to the EU between 2014 and 2017 (from 305,000 to 486,000 tonnes).

Thursday, 12 July 2018

According to the European Commission, third countries that export animals and animal products to the European Union will have to abide by new rules on veterinary medicines when it comes to the use of antibiotics. But non-EU countries warn that this could break WTO rules as well as have severe implications on global trade.

Friday, 06 July 2018

Armed with the objectives of advancing the ties and fine-tuning trade opportunities existing between the United Kingdom and Nigeria, Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor of London embarked on a three-day visit which ended at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday. During his visit to the NSE, Bowman said the meetings he’s had over the last three days with business and government leaders have been to build financial partnerships between Nigerian and London.

According to Coface, Germany in 2017 became the leading European supplier to Africa, ahead of France. According to the study reported by information website Entreprendre.fr, France has lost half its export market share in Africa since 2000

Mr. Denys Gauer,the French Ambassador to Nigeria, has high hopes that France through its Development Agency will explore areas of collaboration with Nigeria through Contec Global Agro limited (CGAL), a subsidiary of Contec Global for the development of organic agriculture production.

The ‘Destination chocolatiers engagés’ label, aimed at sharing with Cameroonian cocoa producers the expertise of French master chocolate makers to help them to produce high quality cocoa, was launched on 26 June 2018 in Paris by the President of the French Confederation of Chocolate Makers and Confectioners, Frédéric Chambeau, and the President of the Cocoa and Coffee Inter-professional Council (CICC), Appolinaire Ngwé.

Thursday, 05 July 2018

According to the latest International Trade Centre (ITC) report, the value of the East African Community's exports to European Union rose to $2.5 billion in 2017, up by eight per cent. They shot up amidst trials to harmonise standards.

Monday, 02 July 2018

The European Union, the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique are seeking  to formalize a new economic partnership agreement (EPA) with post-Brexit Britain. Paulina Elago, SACU executive secretary, said a SACU-Britain ministerial dialogue held in Johannesburg, South Africa last year agreed to replicate the EU-SADC-EPA as an immediate step to avoid trade disruption.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Financing Agreement of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement Programme was signed today by the Secretary of State for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Executive Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and National Authorising Officer and the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, in the presence of the Vice President & Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs Mr. Vincent Meriton and the Minister for Finance, Trade Investment & Economic Planning.

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