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Monday, 16 July 2018

We cordially invite you to our next briefing on the “Water we eat: Challenges and opportunities for ACP in times of scarcity”, to be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Brussels. The world is on the brink of an unprecedented water crisis. Water is likely to be the most important strategic resource by the end of the next decade and the key to achieving global economic development. Some countries are already under water stress as a result of population increase, industrialization and urbanization, competition of resources, and insufficient public spending for rural infrastructure and services. In our Brussels Briefing, we will raise these issues and talk about the challenges and opportunities for ACP countries in times of water scarcity. Confirmed speakers include Dr Elijah Phiri, CAADP/NEPAD, Dr David Molden (IWMI), Tony Allan, School of Oriental and African Studies / King’s College London Water Issues Group, Ruth Mathews, Executive Director of the Water Footprint Network. If you are interested in participating, kindly register online or contact boto@cta.

European Parliament
-4 to 7 of April:  European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg
-4 to 7 of April:  Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
Council of Ministers
-6 April: Coreper II, Coreper I
-8 April: Informal ECOFIN
ACP Secretariat
-4 April  : Sub Committee Sustainable Development
-5  April: Committee of Ambassadors
-6  April: 4th Meeting of the ACP-EU Political Dialogue on Migration
-7  April: Steering Committee of All ACP Agricultural Programme

On  the 28th  March CTA attended the ECDPM- SAIIA conference on 'Emerging players in Africa: What's in it for Africa-Europe relations? “This meeting, organized with the support of the German Marshall Fund discussed  about the  new opportunities for African countries in their relations with external partners with a focus on  the new growth poles in the developing world -China, India and Brazil (CIB); the key elements impacting on Europe-Africa relations arising out of the engagement of emerging powers in Africa and identify priorities for further analysis, capacity building, and dialogue aimed at better aligning the European's and other partners’ initiatives to African owned objectives and strategies.

On the 29th March, the CTA attended the Infopoint meeting organised by EuropeAid, on “Development  Knowledge Sharing in Practice”. The conference focus on the EC web-platform for  technical cooperation A platform opens to all development professionals which enables interaction in public groups and allows access to closed collaboration spaces.

Helping small, poor countries make use of WTO trade remedy rules was the subject of discussion in the rules negotiations this week, as the group of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) called for the creation of a ‘facility’ to assist developing countries in developing the institutions and expertise they need to protect domestic industries from dumped or subsidised imports.

In the context of current discussions on the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Concord’s proposals for the reforms were presented during a debate with the ALDEPAC (group of ALDE MEPs and associated ACP MPs) in the European Parliament. The proposals for a “CAP that is more coherent  with the development of agriculture in ACP States” were presented by Romain Philippe (Concord secretariat) and Pascal Erard (CFSI).

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