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Newsletter 284

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The United Kingdom's Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, met with African Union (AU) Deputy Chair Erastus Mwencha to discuss: trade; the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa; regional integration in Africa being enhanced through the Regional Economic Communities (RECs); the outcomes of the 17th AU Summit; and preparations for the 18th AU Summit.

At the 12th ACP Ministerial Conference on Sugar in Maputo, sugar exporting ACP countries urged the EU to immediately release sugar funds to assist farmers and industry stakeholders in adjustment and adaptation processes. The Prime minister of Fiji, Vorege Bainimarama, stressed that Fiji, like all other sugar exporting ACP countries, received much reduced earnings from its sugar exports to the EU, which were barely sufficient for meeting the on-going industry operating costs, let alone diverting resources to restructuring and rehabilitation programmes.

As the crisis in the Horn of Africa deepens, the United Nations has warned that all of southern Somalia could slip into famine in the next two months. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost already, and many more are at stake, yet the international community remains slow in its humanitarian response.

Efforts have begun in Brussels by the Mission of Eastern Caribbean States to ensure that the European Union’s broader development agenda reflects the specific structural vulnerabilities of Caribbean Small Island Development States (SIDS).

Com4Dev is an e-network, intended to service business in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. It is financed by the European Union and will allow ACP businesses to build a community of like-minded companies, professional associations, donors and public organisations free of charge. Last week, Com4Dev was officially launched in Accra.