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Thursday, 19 October 2017

ACP

2 September: Working group on fisheries

European Parliament

1-4 September: European Parliament Committee Meetings

EU Council

3 September: COREPER II meeting organized by the Italian Presidency of the EU

5 September: COREPER I meeting organized by the Italian Presidency of the EU

European Commission

3 September: Weekly College Meeting

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Next week, several Pacific and Caribbean countries will sign their national indicative programs to receive European Union development funds for the period 2014-2020.The agreements are scheduled to be finalized on Sept. 2 on the sidelines of the four-day United Nations conference on Small Island Developing States taking place in Apia, Samoa. There, development stakeholders will gather to discuss a wide range of issues, from climate change to building resilience against natural disasters, to which Pacific island states are particularly highly vulnerable.

The European Commission has announced today that it will open Private Storage Aid for butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses in order to alleviate the impact of Russian restrictions on imports of EU dairy products and to limit the negative effects on the internal market. The Commission has also confirmed that the period for public intervention of butter & SMP will be extended until the end of the year.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The European Union (EU) has announced a trial equity fund of $30 million (about Shs78 billion) meant to finance small and medium sized farmers and boost food production and household incomes. Announcing the fund on Tuesday in Kampala, the head of the EU delegation in Uganda, Mr Kristian Schmidt, said the support was in response to limitations faced by small and medium agribusinesses owners in accessing capital that is needed to boost their businesses despite the sector contributing to 24 per cent of Gross Domestic Product. “In Uganda, agriculture is a strategic sector….accounting for over 47 per cent of export revenues and employing 73 per cent of the population. Much of the industrial activity is agro-based…accounting to 40 per cent of total manufacturing,” Mr Schmidt said.

Among Africa's policy wonks, underperforming trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now.The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.

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