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Newsletter 453

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

European Parliament

6- 9 July: Strasbourg Plenary week

ACP Secretariat

7-8 July: Conference - EDULINK II, ACP S&T II and ACP C&P Research Programmes

8 July: Visit to EIB Africa Day 2015

European Commission

9 July Europeaid INFOPOINT: The future of sustainable development and of Africa (12.30-14.00)


7 July: German Marshall Fund: Pivot to Europe? Shared Challenges and Avenues of Cooperation between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (09.30-11.30)

7 July: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy: Ambassador Series with Ambassador of the African Union to the EU and the ACP, H.E Bramdeo (18.30-20.00)

8 July: European Investment Bank, Africa Day 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” was organised by CTA, PIPSO and SPC and  held at the Hotel Sofitel Denarau Island, Fiji, from 1-3 July 2015. It is linked to the Brussels Briefings organised by CTA, the European Commission, the ACP Group and Concord on key issues related to ARD in ACP countries. It combined  some experiences from the Caribbean through the Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme. The Forum confirmed that 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 would help to create economic opportunities; build resilience in rural communities; and improve sustainable development in both sectors.

Friday, 03 July 2015

Reciting Sir Shridath Ramphal, then-Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guyana, who played a leading role in the evolution of the Lomé negotiations that lead to the birth of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, current Sceretary General of the ACP, Dr. P.I Gomes (also a fellow Guyanese) notes that despite many opportunities in the history of EU-ACP relations, it is now clear that preferential treatment entrenched an aid-dependency of commodity export economies with minimal structural transformation. He explains that the ACP is currently undergoing a soul-searching and vigorous process to be reposition itself as a global player in five particular domains: a) Rule of Law & Good Governance; b) Global Justice & Human Security; c) Building Sustainable, Resilient & Creative Economies; and d) Intra-ACP Trade, Industrialisation and Regional Integration; e) Financing for Development.

Fiji has requested support of the ACP (African Caribbean Pacific) Ministers to call on the European Union to show flexibility and re-engage on the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations. The request was made by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, following the earlier announcement by the EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström of her proposal to return to the would-be comprehensive regional EPA in three years time. Mr Koya called for constructive reengagement at the highest political level with the Pacific to facilitate the conclusion of a development-friendly comprehensive EPA: one that reflects the unique and special circumstances of the respective regions.

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