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Monday, 23 July 2018

European Parliament

29 June: Committee on Foreign Affairs

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European Commission

29 June: Europeaid INFOPOINT lunch-time conference : Private Sector Development: Competitiveness and Innovation in Developing Countries

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1-3 July: “Linking agriculture to tourism markets in Pacific,” Denarau Island, Fiji, 1-3 July 2015

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The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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This Forum  “Linking agriculture to tourism markets in Pacific” is organised by CTA, PIPSO and SPC and will be held at the Hotel Sofitel Denarau Island, Fiji, 1-3 July 2015. It is linked to the Brussels Briefings organized by CTA, the European Commission, the ACP Group and Concord on key issues related to ARD in ACP countries. It will also bring some experiences from the Caribbean through the Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme. The two productive sectors agriculture and tourism seem to offer the best opportunities for inclusive economic growth in several Pacific Island Countries and therefore the promotion of linkages between tourism and agriculture should help create economic opportunities; build resilience in rural communities; and improve sustainable development in both sectors. Watch webstream live here.

At the European Trade Day 2015, Ceclia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade highlighted the connections that trade makes between people: providing livelihoods, cheaper products and wider choices for consumers. Malmström also identified some lessons learnt: trade creates economic opportunities in the UE and beyond its borders and in the future, 90% of world growth is going to happen outside our borders, so the EU also has to have a presence there. The link between trade and European values was emphasised and the Commissioner expressed her intention to find new ways to promote EU values around the world, inter alia, via the World Trade organisation (WTO).  In relation to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), she noted that the EPAs have established a new dynamic partnership between the two continents and paves the way for ever closer cooperation.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, in the presence of Ministers and representatives of the Central African region, the Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the President of the Commission for Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), signed the Central Africa Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for an amount of €350 million for the period 2014-2020.  The programme, whose implementation will be monitored by a steering committee, will cover three areas: political integration and cooperation in peace and security (€43 million), regional economic integration and trade (€211 million, of which €135 million will go through the Infrastructure Trust Fund), and the sustainable development of natural resources and biodiversity (€88 million).

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