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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

According to the latest report from the International Maritime Bureau (IBM), covering the first nine months of 2014, the Gulf of Guinea remains the region most affected by maritime piracy. Although attacks there have declined slightly, from 47 last year to 33, the pirates have established new homes in the area. For example, Ghana, which had not recorded an attack in 2013, has already reached its fourth act of piracy and armed robbery. In addition, since the beginning of October, attacks in Nigerian waters suggest that piracy could be used to fund political activities.

Chief negotiators indeed validated a grind proposed by senior officials. This draft takes into account the outstanding issues, we read in a document distributed to participants. They validated the agreement between the parties on priority needs covering areas including trade, industry, agriculture, infrastructure, energy and building the capacity of non-state actors including access infrastructure. Priority needs were assessed at € 6.5 billion for the first five years covering the period 2015-2019. The EU, its member states and the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed their commitment to achieve the balance between the expressed needs and funding, and to clarify that their commitment following the necessary consultations are completed.

In 2013/14, the industry is limping after three years of exceptional growth in exports (16% on average) that lowered corn seed and oil stocks, 1st and 3rd positions in exports respectively. To rebuild these industries, French operators have appealed to their international partners to meet the French and international demand. It has been noted that geopolitical tensions in the major markets had negatively affected  export volumes, particularly in Eastern Europe, but also in Africa and the Middle East.

A delegation of senior officials of the United Nations and the Government of Norway, which included Peter De Clercq, UN Resident Coordinator in Haiti and Trygve Bendiksby, Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Norway in Latin America, hosted by the Departmental Delegate, Serge Chery visited Haiti for two days. They visited several projects of the South Coast Initiative including: rehabilitation of road infrastructure and the facilities of the Electric Cooperative in Rock Boat, fish market in Port Hi, the mitigation work at the Millionaire river in South St. Louis and the Interpretation Center of Nature Aquinas.