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Sunday, 22 October 2017

European Parliament

13-14 July: Committee on Regional Development

13-14 July: Committee on Development

13-14 July: Committee on International Trade

15 July: Committee on Foreign Affairs

15 July: Committee on Fisheries

15-16 July: Committee on Environment, Public Health and food safety

15-16 July: Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection

15-16 July: Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development

Council of the EU

13 July: Agriculture & Fisheries Council

ACP Secretariat

14th July: Briefing session on the development of cashew nuts and kava in ACP countries

15-16 July: ACP-EU Mineral Development Programme

16th July: London Sugar Group & the Bureau of the ACP Sugar Subcommittee

European Commission

14th July: Europeaid INFOPOINT: Adressing deforestation to mitigate climate change

Other

13 – 16 July: 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Abeba

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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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Friday, 10 July 2015

On the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development – on 14th July, from 13:15 – 14:45, in the Jupiter Hotel Conference Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – CTA has co-organized the  “Financing Investments and Agribusiness for Food and Nutrition Security: Public and Private Sector Coordination” high-level panel with the ACP and UNFAO.  The panel shall discuss the importance of private and public sector investments in the agrifood sector, which benefit small-scale farmers, SMEs and value chain actors. The high-level speakers shall address various approaches on the topic of financing investments and agribusiness, ranging from policy support at country level; the operationalization of the policy framework for enhanced and structured engagement of aid programs with the private sector; the need to leverage private finance in development, the mechanisms in place to support SMEs in the agrifood sector, and the urgency to support inclusive and profitable value chains.

The 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.

The annual EU Accountability Report on Financing for Development has just been published on the European Commission's website. The Report monitors the progress the EU as a whole makes on its collective commitments on financing for development. The overall picture coming out of the report is encouraging: 23 out of 41 EU commitments have been met or are on track to be met. 9 areas are partially off track and could still be met. But that means, of course, that there is still important work to be done. The EU is a doing very well on trade-related assistance and aid for trade, as well as on fast-start finance on climate change. The report also notes that the EU has a good track record on helping improve domestic resource mobilisation particularly in Middle-Income Countries.

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