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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
The EU-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council (JCC) met in Brussels at the level of senior officials on 23 July. This was the tenth meeting of the JCC since the signature in 1999 of the Trade, Cooperation and Development Agreement (TDCA), the bilateral agreement between South Africa and the EU that provides the overall legal basis for EU-South Africa relations. The main purpose of the meeting was to take stock of progress made in the last year in implementing the TDCA and discuss the way forward on the wide range of areas where policy dialogues and cooperation have been established in the context of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership. During the plenary session of the JCC, senior officials took note of progress made in well established areas of cooperation: The Development partnership will be enhanced with a focus on the education sector, one of the priorities of the new South African government, with combined programmes by the European Commission in this sector amounting to €127 million in 2009. Senior officials also explored the possibilities for future cooperation with South Africa's new Development Partnership Agency.
Source: EU Council
A proposed European Union guideline requiring imported seafood to be accompanied by a “catch certificate” from a competent authority could help curb illegal fishing on the Indian Ocean. Exporters will be required to produce the certificate showing area where the catch shipped to the EU was made, the method of fishing, the trawler used and processing details. The proposal comes as good news to about 20,000 Kenyan fishermen who are almost being locked out of the export trade as fish supply drops. Athman Seif, a director of the Malindi Marine Association, says foreign fishing vessels operating illegally along the Kenyan coast are to blame for declining catches.
Source: Business Daily Africa
The Bahamas government is seeking to conclude further negotiations relative to its services offer under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and have that offer finalized and accepted by the end of the summer, Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing said. Laing confirmed that the CARIFORUM-EC Trade and Development Committee have met, and that suggestions have been made for certain changes to the offer, which he did not reveal. "We had submitted the services offer with some technical clarifications to the European Union and they have since come back to ask us some additional questions and make some additional suggestions to us which we are considering. Those considerations have only recently been received. For instance, I've seen them now for the first time in the last two days and so they are for the government to give full consideration to and then make some determinations. My expectation is that by the end of the summer we would have brought this services offer to conclusion."
Source: The Nassau Guardian
Barbados signed a 10.13 M Euros financing agreement with the European Union to assist with the modernisation of this country's International Business and Financial Services Sector. The funds will also give effect to the European Community's contribution to the 2008 Annual Action Programme on Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries (AMPS). Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Investment and Telecommunications, Senator Darcy Boyce, signed the accord on behalf of the Barbados Government, while Head of the European Delegation, Ambassador Mr. Valeriano Diaz, initialled on behalf of Europe. The first tranche of 4.75 M Euros will be made available subject to compliance with EU General Conditions, while the second tranche will be disbursed against specific performance indicators such as quarterly or annual reports. The money is part of the EU's annual development assistance, following the reform of the European Union's sugar regime.
Source: BGIS Media
Caribbean nations and the European Commission have agreed to establish a special fund to finance energy, transportation and information technology projects, a senior EC official said. "There was a fair agreement on working on the setting up of a Caribbean-European Union trust fund for development in order to create a tool which is able to foster investment in inter-connection infrastructure in the region," the EC's Director General for Development Stefano Manservisi told, after a one-day consultation in Antigua on regional integration and cooperation. Manservisi said 40 million Euros already have been set aside for the Caribbean's infrastructure trust fund which would be co-managed by the European Investment Bank based on the EU-Africa Trust Fund model.