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Sunday, 22 October 2017

During the course of the Informal Environment Council, which took  place in Horsens, Denmark,  ministers exchanged views on Rio+20. They agreed that the inclusive green economy is key to achieving long term sustainable development and eradicate poverty. Ministers pointed out that the EU and member states thereof should continue with concrete and ambitious proposals in the negotiation process.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Several weeks ago we raised awareness of some of the declarations made by Benjamin W. Mkapa, the former president of Tanzania and Chairperson of the South Centre, on EPA negotiations with the East African Community. Mr Mkapa expressed doubts over whether or not these were driven by European interests.  This week, he goes deeper and presents the three possible scenarios for EU-EAC negotiations and the consequences thereof.  According to his analysis, the elimination of tariffs on 80 per cent of trade, restrictions on the use of export taxes and quantitative restrictions, as well as the standstill clause will result in nothing less than Africa becoming a perpetual supplier of raw materials.

According to recent reports, Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, will visit Ivory Coast this week.  He is to meet with President Alassane Ouattara and the Prime Minister, Jeannot Kouadio-Ahoussou, to relaunch political dialogue; jointly identify priority sectors for cooperation; and discuss key challenges facing the country. It is expected that Mr. Piebalgs will meet with several other members of the government and will inaugurate an EU-funded water and sanitation programme.

According to recent reports by the European Parliament Press service, MEPs have agreed on forest protection agreements with the Central African Republic and Liberia, two countries which possess significant shares of Africa's rain forests.  The main aim is to help the African states halt illegal logging and the degradation of rain forests.

The Zambian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Emmanuel Chenda, has recently declared that the country is set to participate in the international market for livestock products with a cattle population of over three million. Although Zambia has been regularly exporting to a few regional markets, international markets like the EU have not been exploited due to cattle diseases.