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Newsletter 407

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

25 July: Working Group on the preparation of the 8th ACP Summit
European Parliament
22 July: European Parliament Committee Meetings
European Parliament Committee on Development    
European Parliament Committee on International Trade
23 July: European Parliament Committee Meetings
European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety  
EU Council
22 July:  Foreign Affairs Council (FAC)
21 July: Belgium National Day (Public Holiday)

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In this week's CTA Brussels video interview, Ambassador Edwin Laurent, Senior Advisor, The Caribbean Green Economy Initiative tells us a bit more about the opportunities for Green growth in the Caribbean, and the areas where Caribbean countries are already succeeding in achieving it. He also highlights what the region needs in terms of support and partnerships.

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The last Brussels Development Briefing on 'Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development', was held on Friday 11 July 2014, at Borschette in Brussels. This 37th Briefing took 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). The panel was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat and CONCORD. It was composed of speakers who have extensive expertise in business, trade and agriculture in ACP small islands, representing regional and international institutions, farmers' organisations, the private sector, development partners and academia.

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President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has welcomed decision by the 16 ECOWAS heads of state to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. In a statement issued today in Brussel he said he was pleased with the decision, noting that it will pave way for the partnership to come to reality. "I am a firm believer in expanding our cooperation with Africa, a thriving continent full of opportunities. A partnership of equals with Africa has been one of my key priorities", José Manuel Barroso said.

Provisional duties on chicken from Germany, the Netherlands and UK are unlikely to cause any sudden rise in poultry prices. Frozen chicken prices are expected to remain ‘unchanged’, despite the extra cost added onto frozen bone-in chicken from European countries, according to Business Report. South African Poultry Association chief executive Kevin Lovell said yesterday that prices would be affected only in a few months, if at all. However, David Wolpert, chief executive of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of SA, said no immediate price increases were expected, but “'protectionism always results in price increases'.

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