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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

European Parliament
-11-14 July: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
Council of Ministers

-11/12 July: Environment Council (informal)
-12 July: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
-15 July: Development ministers Council (informal)
European Commission

-13 July: Weekly meeting of the college
Economic and Social Committee
-13/14 July: Plenary session

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Philip Kiriro is the President of the East African Farmers' Federation. In our video interview, he speaks about farmers' cooperation with the international institutions.

As South Sudan prepares to announce its independence on 9 July, the EU has extended a welcoming hand, reiterating its intention to continue support and develop a regular dialogue. Over 98% of voters from South Sudan voted in favour of separation from North Sudan in a January referendum. EU observers found the election to be peaceful and credible, and the turnout overwhelming at 97.5%. Voters’ wishes will become reality on 9 July, when independence is announced. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton will travel to the capital, Juba, to participate in the celebrations for Independence Day.

Britain will provide emergency food relief for 1.3 million people in Ethiopia as the region faces its worst drought in a decade, Andrew Mitchell said. The International Development Secretary warned that the rest of the international community will need to pull its weight if a full-scale disaster is to be avoided. Britain will fund the World Food Programme to provide emergency food for drought-stricken Ethiopians for the next three months to help them through the driest months of the year.

Global demand for African oil and precious metals has fuelled a continental surge in exports, helping some of the world’s poorest countries rebound from the 2009 economic shock. African countries also stand to benefit from trade deals with donors and development agencies. But such efforts could undercut development of what may be Africa’s most important market - Africa.

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