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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The average per capita consumption of fish in Senegal is 26 kg, compared to a world average of 16 kg. This figure demonstrates the importance of the fishing sector in Senegal, and the need to regulate it. In fact, a communiqué from the Institut d’études de sécurité (ISS), distributed by the APS, states that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) costs Senegal 150 billion f CFA.

The project in support of agricultural production and food safety in West and South Haiti is financed by the AFD to the tune of 16.2 million euros (4.7 million of which allocated by the European Union). Four maize and haricot bean campaigns have been supported so far and 20 kilometres of irrigation canal have been repaired in the plain of Les Cayes. Production levels and yields now follow an upward gradient, improving food safety while also stabilizing the economic situation of 800 producers.

After four months of application since 4 August, following its ratification a few days earlier by President Paul Biya, Cameroon and the European Union (EU) are still envisaging embarking on discussions to create a new timetable for the phasing out of duties tied to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) concluded in 2009. The absence of this timetable has caused some confusion in Cameroon business circles since it is a key parameter for implementation of the free trade agreement concluded by Cameroon and its "traditional partner" which, both parties agree, by this act will continue to guarantee the country access to its market free of customs duties and without export quotas.

2015 is the European Year for Development. Created by Toute l'Europe, the official site www.developpement2015.fr, dedicated to the EYD in France, provides information on this year’s objectives and agenda, the organizations involved and the projects launched in 2015, as well as development aid in France and throughout Europe. Check it out now! The objective of the www.developpement2015.fr website is to present the European Year for Development (EYD) and the variety of organizations involved in these themes in France; to allow the public and civil society organizations working in normally separate areas to form synergies and work on joint projects; and, finally, to turn to best account all the initiatives and projects that will be run in connection with this Year.

In an interview taken from the Facebook page of the Swedish embassy in the RDC, the Swedish diplomat considered the state of diplomatic relations between her country and the RDC. Economic and development issues and commercial exchanges were also discussed by Mrs. Annika Ben David, whose fight for gender equality now occupies a prime position in the agenda of the embassy in her charge. Below is the full interview with Ambassador Annika Ben David.