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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Friday, 19 October 2018

16 June: Ministerial Consultations on commodities: (Cotton, Bananas and Sugar)
16 June: Bureau of the ACP Council of Ministers
16 June: ACP Ministerial Committee on Development Finance Cooperation
17-18 June: Plenary Session of the ACP Council of Ministers
19 June: ACP-EU Ministerial Committee on Development Finance Cooperation
19-20 June: Plenary Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers
Council of the EU:
16-17 June: Agriculture and Fisheries Council  
17-18 June: Coreper II
18 June: Coreper I
European Commission:
16 June: Stakeholder consultation meetings on post-2020 carbon leakage provisions
16-20 June: International Product Safety Week 2014
19 June: Conference 'Land as a resource'

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The next Brussels Development Briefing on 'Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development', will be held during the morning of Friday 11 July 2014, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. This 37th Briefing is taking place in the context of 2104 as the year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa).
Register online at: http://brusselsbriefings.net

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In this week's CTA video interview, Hon. Dr. Abdallah O. Kigoda, Minister of Industry and Trade, Tanzania, tells us a bit more about the biggest challenges facing agriculture in Tanzanie and what CTA might be able to do to help.
On the 4th of April 2014 Hon. Dr. Abdallah O. Kigoda was the honor guest of the Brussels Briefing on ‘Promise of Agriculture for Africa' organized by CTA Brussels in collaboration with the European Commission and the AU Commission at the Egmont Palace.
To find out more and watch his presentation: http://brusselsbriefings.net/past-briefings/agriculture-for-africas-transformation/

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The European commission has given the Philippines and Papua New Guinea a "yellow card" in response to analysis which suggests that the two nations are "not acting sufficiently to fight illegal fishing". Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, maritime and fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki, said, "We are convinced that these two countries exercise no real control on what goes on in their waters and on their ships. "So they cannot guarantee that their fish is caught respecting local and international rules," she argued, adding, "Any illegally caught fish is of great concern to me: it undermines the livelihood of fishing communities and depletes fish stocks." According to the commissioner, two thirds of the fish consumed in the EU is imported, and "half of the tunas caught in the Pacific end up on our plates here in Europe".

Friday, 13 June 2014

The EU has committed Euro 200 million (about Rwf184 billion) to Rwanda’s agriculture. The fund will be invested until 2020 and is part of the Euro 460 million granted to Rwanda's development programme. It will cover feeder roads, nutrition, and centralised and decentralised agriculture. "We are committed as the European Union. We like what is happening in agriculture sector, we like what the ministry is doing," Ambassador Michael Ryan, head of the European Union delegation to Rwanda, said.

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