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Monday, 11 November 2013

Sustainable development, trade programmes on show at 4th ACP Open Day

The 4th Open Day of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade (SEDT) division took place at the ACP House in Brussels on October 30th 2013 and showcased more than 15 EU-funded programmes dealing with sustainable growth in ACP countries, among which the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) .
Following the opening remarks of the Assistant Secretary General Mr Achille Bassilekin III and of Mr Denis Salord, Head of Unit at DG DEVCO dealing with Sub-Saharan Africa and ACP-wide regional programmes, emphasizing the efficiency of these Programmes in supporting ACP Member States and regions, the CTA presented its main achievements and forthcoming programmes, generating a high interest among the participants.
A number of other organizations and programmes, among which, the Centre for the Development of Enterprise,  the ACP EU Technical Barriers to Trade programme, the Intra-ACP programme to support the Global Climate Change Alliance, the ACP-EU Microfinance Framework, ACP-EU Energy Facility, and the Competitive Industries and Innovation Programme, also introduced their  strategy, activity and results. However due to its specific focus on Agricultural and Rural development, CTA has generated a special interest among the participants, raising various questions and requesting further information. A large number of  CTA’s materials and publication were also offered making our stand one of the most popular of the day.
The event was especially welcome as the European Development Fund (EDF) nears the start of its new cycle for the 2014-2020 period. Mr Denis Salord underlined the importance of the Intra-ACP funding instrument, worth EUR 3.5 billion under EDF 11, targeted at intra-ACP and inter-regional cooperation programmes as well as financing the ACP-EU joint institutions. This includes all the programmes on show at the Open Day. Mr Salord said that since 2008, the ACP and EU have collaborated strongly make the Intra-ACP instrument strategic, focused and results-oriented.

Source: ACP Press and CTA