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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Jean-Pierre Busogoro, International Technical Advisor in Rwanda for the Belgian Development Agency (BTC), tells us a bit more about the project he is working on that aims to improve the access to quality advisor services and helping farmers access quality fees. Additionally, he comments on how we can make sure that smallholder farmers are the drivers and beneficiaries of research innovation and concludes with the main opportunities and challenges there is for agricultural innovation in Rwanda.

The last Brussels Development Briefing on the ‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains‘– this is the theme of the last Brussels Development Briefing’ was held on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the ACP Secretariat, in Brussels. It was organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord. More than 140 participants discussed key role of finance for value chain development and emphasized the innovations in financial instruments and service.

Cameroonian Minister of Trade, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana and the Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO), Jean Marc Anga, signed an agreement on February 17, 2014 to finance the feasibility study on the creation of an agricultural commodities exchange in Cameroon. According to the agreement between the ICCO and the Cameroonian government, the project which is “a major first in French-speaking Africa,” in the words of Minister Mbarga Atangana, will cost 50 million FCfa for 6 months.

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group states denounced the European Union (EU) for the political conditions the union arrays in trade and economic relations. Representatives of the East African region under the ACP discussed the fate of the block beyond 2020 and held a three-day consultative meeting at the UNECA this the week. The meeting concerned the future of the ACP group and its relations with the EU, which was founded some 30 years ago aiming to eradicate poverty and enhance the trade and economic muscles of some 79 countries across the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Parliamentarians from more than 70 countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific states as well as MEPs, including several members of the Development committee, will meet in Strasbourg for committee and plenary meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Agenda items include migration, the crisis in the Central African Republic, regional integration and modernisation of customs, the global spread of terrorism via the internet, seabed mining and the fight against AIDS.

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