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Thursday, 13 December 2018

FruitWorld has been importing strawberries from Ethiopia for around five years. On Thursday the 18th of November the first volumes arrived, a few days later than last year. According to Wout van Es there is an increase compared to last year. "The area was extended and if the harvest is good and the weather goes our way, we expect larger volumes." Until the end of MarchThe strawberries from Ethiopia are available until the end of March. Wout indicates that they are arriving at just the right time. "The Dutch season is almost finished and there are still few imported strawberries. The Ethiopian ones are nicely positioned between the Dutch strawberries and the strawberries from Egypt, Morocco and Israel."

Djiboutian government officials and representatives from EUCAP Nestor, the European Union's maritime capacity building initiative in the Horn of Africa, met Wednesday (November 19th) to discuss further co-operation, the Djiboutian Information Agency reported. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, who chaired the meeting, praised EUCAP Nestor's work in Djibouti. Youssouf called for further co-operation between the EU initiative and the Djiboutian Coast Guard and Navy, who already have taken part in several training workshops held in the country. Members of the Civil Crisis Management Committee, which oversees the activities of EUCAP Nestor and assesses its progress, also were present for the meeting.

The government yesterday signed a grant agreement of $13.5 million (about Rwf9.3 billion) to support implementation of the National Employment Programme which aims to create 200,000 jobs each year. The Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete, signed on behalf of government, while Maria Håkansson, Chargé d'Affaires at the Swedish Embassy in Kigali, represented her government. The funds will be used through 2017, to support projects aimed at creating sufficient jobs, equipping the workforce with vital skills needed by the private sector, and strengthening national employment structures.

Disaster management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The funds are expected to support the strengthening of National Disaster Offices and CDEMA in the implementation of the 2014-2024 Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy, the agency said in a release Friday.

The Head of the European Union delegation and MINEPAT held discussions in Yaounde on November 19, 2014. The government of Cameroon and the European Union (EU) will in the days ahead hold a working session to seek ways of better implementing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which among others entails a free movement of goods among signatory countries. The Head of the European Union delegation in Cameroon, Françoise Collet, and Cameroon's Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, held discussions on Wednesday November 19 in Yaounde on the issue among others.