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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

It’s not very often that the end of a talk is as exciting as its beginning. Perhaps that should be expected when one witnesses historical moments in time—what can be called true game changers.  Harrison Karnwea, the managing director of Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority (FDA), recently joined us at the World Bank, just days after the UN Climate Summit in New York and the signing of a $150 million grant Letter of Intent for a Forests REDD+ program between his country and Norway to be facilitated by the World Bank. Under the agreement, Liberia and Norway will work together to improve the framework for forest governance, strengthen law enforcement and support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Liberia. Improved governance and adequate law enforcement in the forest sector and agriculture impede further destruction of Liberia’s rainforests and aim to avoid illegal logging and unsustainable agricultural practices.


UK-based fisheries consultancy, MacAlister Elliott and Partners (MEP), is working to develop a long-term plan aimed at boosting economic growth for fisheries in Somalia and Somaliland. MEP is working with federal and regional governments, and backed by public sector investment, to provide strategic research and advice on how best to develop fisheries in the Horn of Africa to help local communities in the unstable region. “MacAlister Elliott and Partners has a long association with Somalia and Somaliland and we are currently using our expertise to help develop a long-term development plan for fisheries in the region,” said Stephen Akester, MEP.


FIJI can expect about $67.7million in development assistance from the European Union, says EU's ambassador to the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs. "Following the successful election process, the EU is working with the Fijian authorities to plan how best to focus future development assistance in the framework of the 11th European Development Fund, which runs till 2020," he said. "Discussions are still ongoing, but so far two likely areas of support are governance and agriculture/sugar. "The breakdown of the available funds (indicatively 28million Euro) has not yet been decided." The EU had allocated about $112m in assistance to the sugar in industry in 2006. Mr Jacobs said this assistance had to be redirected after the military takeover in December that year. 


The forum on the Congolese economy within the European Union (Forum Économique Congolais dans l'Union Européenne-FECUE) was held in Brussels on 17-18 November 2014 bringing together officials and investors from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and EU working towards the development of the DRC's agribusiness sector and encouraging investors to take part in the transformation of the country's vast agricultural lands. The Central African country has set in motion the development of its agricultural and agribusiness sectors through the National Plan for Agricultural Investment (Plan National d'Investissement Agricole - PNIA) part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The Mozambican and Spanish governments signed in Maputo on Friday a new Partnership Framework Programme under which Spain will provide 46.55 million euros (about 57.8 million US dollars) in aid during the period 2014-2016. The funds are intended for the health sector, food security, rural development and decentralization, gender issues and culture in Cabo Delgado, Inhambane and Maputo provinces. The agreement was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze and by Albert Virella, the General Director of Cooperation for Africa in the Spanish international Cooperation and Development Agency (AECID).