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Friday, 20 October 2017

According to the European Commission, since the end of the post-election crisis in 2011, new resources have been mobilized to help the EU's total aid for the Ivory Coast reach more than € 600 million, covering the period from 2008 to 2013. The EU has actively supported the country's economic recovery and national reconciliation. Particular attention is being paid to infrastructure-building, transportation, governance, justice, rural development, vocational training and social sectors, notably health and education.

According to an article by Ritesh Kumar Singh and Sudhakar Kasture, both experts in international trade,  the economic slowdown is leading the EU and the US to resort to non-tariff barriers, with the aim of restricting imports into their territories and protect local employment. As emerging economies such as India and China  continue to see growth in their manufacturing sectors, “resource-rich Africa” appears to be catching the attention of global players as prospective strategic partner.

According to the EU High Representative, Catherine Asthon, the EU aims to develop a more comprehensive partnership with the Pacific region, as this would successfully address issues of global importance, such as climate change, and which would go beyond the “mere” donor-recipient relationship currently in place. Furthermore, the Pacific islands are an alarming case of the adverse effects of climate change where rising sea levels have an impact upon every aspect of citizens' lives and hamper the economic development. Therefore, the EU has decided to reinforce its response to these raising challenges and issue a Communication ''Towards a renewed EU–Pacific development partnership'.

According to recent updates, the Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ben Knapen, recently stressed  the positive aspects of the revised EU trade deals with the Caribbean region. He stated that these will help enhance the self-reliance of the developing countries concerned. Additionally,  the Minister noted that the revised Cotonou Agreement is more committed to combatting child labour, piracy, human trafficking and organised crime.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Caribbean Agriculture and Research Development Institute (Cardi) will work towards boosting the Haitian agricultural sector, seriously weakened following the earthquake two years ago.  Donor funding from Caricom, Australia, the Common Fund for Commodities and the EU will make three Cardi projects possible . While project one will focus on re-vegetation, the second project will be intended to improve Caribbean production of roots and tuber crops through the introduction of more advanced technologies. The main objective of the third project will also target increased production, though through the use of protected agriculture.