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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The European Union has reiterated it will not issue tax refunds to Kenyan fresh produce exporters during the four months period ahead of the formalisation of the new Economic Partnership Agreement. The exporters are currently operating under the under the General System of Preference. This has raised concern among flower exporters who say they might incur loses next year on export taxes for Valentine's Day shipments which will start in December. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht who met was in Nairobi last week told exporters to forget recovering their duty payments for October to January since the trading block does not provide for export tax refunds.

The European Union officially supports agrofood Nigeria 2015, the 1st International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food, Beverage & Packaging Technology and Food, Beverages & Hospitality. Nigeria has a market of more than 160 million consumers and an increasing demand for packaged and ready-made food products. This opens major business opportunities for international suppliers from the agrofood and food technology sector. agrofood Nigeria will be held from 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.The European Union officially supports the international trade show agrofood Nigeria 2015. This becomes evident from a letter of 28 October 2014 of Michel Arrion, Head of Delegation and Ambassador of the European Union – Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West Africa States.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

The European Commission has today approved 27 programmes to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries. The total budget of the programmes, the grand majority of which will run for a period of three years, is € 77,4 million of which the EU contributes € 39 million. The selected programmes cover a variety of product categories, such as fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, dairy products, quality products (PDOs, PGIs, TSGsand organic products), flowers, quality meat, as well as, for the first time, sheepmeat. EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş stated today: "I am pleased to confirm our support for these new promotion programmes, including sheepmeat for the first time. I hope they will boost consumption and sales at this difficult time. In the course of the last 5 years, we have become a net exporter of agri food products, with the value of exports accelerating faster than the volume, as consumers in other parts of the world appreciate the traditions, quality standards and tastes of Europe.

The European Union (EU) has lifted its decade-long economic sanctions on Zimbabwe in a move that will see the trading bloc extending 234 million Euros (about 300 million dollars) to support programmess in the country. President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, however, still remain on the EU restrictive measures which are due for review next February, Xinhua quoted EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Philipe Van Damme as saying in a press conference. He said the lifting of the appropriate measures under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement which governs relations between the two sides will pave way for Zimbabwe to benefit from the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2015 to 2020. The lifting of the measures which were imposed in 2002 following political differences with Harare is with effect from Nov 1, 2014.

Countries in the Horn of Africa will receive more than $8 billion for development under a new initiative unveiled in Ethiopia on Monday. Pledges from the European Union and three international development banks were announced as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a meeting of regional financial and political leaders in Addis Ababa. The contributions will target eight countries in all - Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda - and are designed to reduce poverty and create economic growth and opportunities across the region. The European Union pledged the largest amount, $3.7 billion.