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Friday, 20 October 2017

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation:

- 3-5 December 2013: The 1st African Continental Briefing on “Envisioning the future of African agriculture and the renewed role of farmer’s organizations” (Yaoundé, Cameroun)

European Parliament:

- 05 December: European Parliament committee meetings
- 09-12 December: European Parliament plenary session

Council of the EU:

-  02-03 December: Meeting of Competitiveness Council
- 03 December: Meeting of Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) (Trade) on the margin of WTO Ministerial Conference (Bali, Indonesia)

ACP Group:

- 02 December: Special meeting of the Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
- 03 December: Committee of Ambassadors
- 09 December: Ministerial Consultations on commodities (Cotton, Bananas and Sugar)
- 09 December: Bureau of the ACP Council of Ministers
- 09 December: Ministerial Committee on Development Finance Cooperation
- 10 December: Official opening of the 98th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers
- 10-11 December: Plenary Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

World Trade Organization:

- 3-6 December: 9th WTO Ministerial Conference (Bali, Indonesia)

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The 1st African Continental Briefing on “Envisioning the future of African agriculture and the renewed role of farmer’s organizations” which will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 3-5th December 2013, will look at the policy issues from a farmer centred perspective. You can download the detailed program of the event, as well as a brief research note on the topic here. Most of the resources and expertise are African-based as to create links between farmers, researchers and policy-makers. The Continental Briefing will be held annually.

To improve information sharing and promote networking, the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Pan-African Farmers’ Orgnaization (PAFO) organised a high-level panel in Brussels on Tuesday 26 November 2013, in the context of the European Development Days. The panelists discussed shared lessons and gave their perspectives on  the matter. More than 200 people attended the panel, and various participants have had the opportunity to raise their questions and share their experiences. The panel has been web-casted and the video can be downloaded here.

The South African Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PPCAFF) said on Friday 30 November that the ban of the European Union (EU) on imports of South African citrus products is a "major concern" and "poses a threat" to the country's socio-economic development and that of the region. The ban followed reports about citrus "black spot" that was found in citrus fruit cargos from South Africa to European this year.

Dominica is pursuing efforts to get the European Union (EU) to remove the visa requirements for Dominican nationals travelling to Europe, saying that it is important to stimulate trade under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with Europe five years ago.
Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Alvin Bernard said Dominica has joined several countries in making the request. “Apparently the consideration of the request from Dominica is still for consideration…but it has been delayed because of the countries from the Middle Eastern area included on the list”.

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