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Monday, 18 June 2018

The 35th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will take place from 18 to 20 June 2018 in Brussels (Belgium). It will be preceded by meetings of the three standing committees and the Bureau on 16 and 17 June 2018.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ahead of negotiations for a renewed partnership between the EU and the 78 Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group of states, which are to start in August 2018, MEPs will discuss priorities for a future partnership agreement, such as migration, political dialogue, human rights and governance, in a debate on 13 June, and vote on them on 14 June.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Seychelles got the attention of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations today when President Danny Faure addressed them on the islands' innovative financing for the blue economy and ocean sustainability. This year's G7 chair Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada had invited President Faure and the leaders of 10 other island and developing countries to join France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States at a special session on 'healthy, productive and resilient oceans and seas, coasts and communities'.

Despite ambitious goals, France is struggling to get its development aid to the poorest countries as well as for gender-equality programmes, according to an assessment by the OECD. EURACTIV.fr reports. The OECD has examined French development aid. In a summary of its report, which will be available in September, the OECD’s development aid committee (CAD) highlights a number of successes but also points to weaknesses in France’s cooperation policy for the period 2013-2018.

Farmers and herders in the Sahel Region of Africa will receive support on behalf of Sweden, said the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) is to allocate US$9.9mn in response to an appeal from the UN last month.

We, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, Representing 107 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the European Union, committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Guided by the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement; In pursuit of the full and effective implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement; Committed to the attainment of the long term goals of the Paris Agreement for development, prosperity and security of our planet and people

Eight ACP heads of government attended the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada, namely, Jovenel Moïse: President of Haiti and Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM, Andrew Holness: Prime Minister of Jamaica, Uhuru Kenyatta: President of Kenya, Hilda Heine: President of the Marshall Islands, Paul Kagame: President of Rwanda and Chair of the African Union, Macky Sall: President of Senegal, Danny Faure: President of Seychelles and Cyril Ramaphosa: President of South Africa.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The annual meeting of Ministers from the European Union and the countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific was an opportunity to hold fruitful and constructive discussions on the way forward for their future relationship and to take stock of the progress already made. The meeting, which took place in Lomé, Togo, was hosted by the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé and co-chaired by H.E. Ms Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica and H.E. Ms Ekatarina Gecheva-Zahareva Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.

Monday, 04 June 2018

Spurred on by the success of its first EDF Pulse Africa competition, which came to a close in December 2017, EDF is repeating the initiative with the very same goal: spotlighting and supporting African innovators who are contributing to the continent’s energy growth. Starting on the 23rd of May 2018, African start-ups will be able to submit projects in three categories: off-grid power generation, electricity uses & services and access to water through electrical power (farming and drinking water).

More The African Development Bank, on May 28, 2018 in Mogadishu, participated in a signing ceremony that occasioned Italy's contribution of €1 million to the Somalia Infrastructure Fund (SIF). The ceremony was witnessed by Albert Mafusire, the African Development Bank's Principal Country Economist for Somalia, who represented the Bank's Deputy Director General for East Africa and Country Manager for Somalia, Nnenna Nwabufo; the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Carlo Campanile; and the Federal Government of Somalia's newly appointed Minister of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing, Abdifatah Mohamed Ibrahim.

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