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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

CTA

02-06 November: Caribbean Agribusiness Forum, Barbados

ACP

03 November: Breakfast Briefing with the ACP Group of Eminent Persons

European Commission

03 November: Climate Finance for COP21 and beyond

06 November: Fighting poverty in an era of demographic change: the IMF and World Bank Global Monitoring Report 2015

ACP-EU

02 - 06 November: Joint Parliamentary Assembly ACP- EU (Regional Meeting)

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An opportunity not to be missed takes place in Bridgetown, Barbados next month. Some 250 leaders, decision-makers and agrifood actors will be gathering for the first Caribbean and Pacific Agrifood Forum. A key event for both regions, the forum will be held from November 2 to 6, an action-packed week devoted to exploring how an agribusiness approach can drive rural development in small island states. Anyone wishing to participate in events at the Caribbean and Pacific Agrifood Forum, or find out more, should contact: cpaf15@cta.int

The Brussels Briefing no.43 on the subject of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ). The video is available here.

The Briefing discussed the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing : i) reviewed successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promoted the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) fed into the debate various perspectives on policy options. It will review the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice. It also looked into examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

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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The European Union and five Southern African Development Community states will meet in Botswana in May 2016 after more than ten years of negotiation. Botswana’s Trade and Industry Ministry confirmed that a date for formalizing the Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed during talks in Brussels. Botswana chairs the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement group, which also includes Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. Negotiations between EU and SADC states on the EPA started in 2004. An interim agreement was signed by some states in the region in June 2009, a full accord was reached in July last year.

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