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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The European Commission will provide €5 million in new funding to accelerate the use of renewable energy in Africa, meet future energy needs and increase access to modern and sustainable energy services on the continent, through the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP). The funding will be announced at the occasion of the Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), which takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between 11th and 13th February.

Fiji’s has until 01 October to ratify the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. This means Fiji Sugar Industry will cease to enjoy current benefits if Government does not ratify the agreement. Fiji literally has six months to ratify the interim Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
Currently, Fiji has quota free access to the EU market.
This simply means our industry is also protected against sugar producers from non ACP and Least Developed Countries like Brazil and Thailand.The consequences of losing that preferential access will be costly.

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Nayon Bilijo, says the Ministry will do all it can to deliver the needed support to improve fish farming in the country to significantly enhance fish production locally.
According to him, the importation of tilapia into the country is threatening the fisheries sector.

The International Year of Small Island Development States (SIDS) was officially launched on 24 February 2014. The European Union acknowledges that SIDS face common challenges and experience specific vulnerabilities across the economic, social and environmental dimensions. They are all greatly affected by climate change and confronted with rising sea levels, and face frequent natural and man-made disasters. There are twenty-three (23) SIDS in the Caribbean Region. The EU and EU member states are the largest donors of grant aid to the region and a major trade and cultural partner.

The European Union (EU) and Tuvalu’s National Authorization Officer, Temate Melitiana, have signed the financing agreement for the Technical Cooperation Facility II (TCF II) project.
The TCF II aims at strengthening the capacity of the Government of Tuvalu to successfully coordinate and manage the ongoing 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programmes and to effectively design and implement future projects and programmes under the 11th EDF, covering the period 2014-2020.