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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

ACP Secretariat
23 November: Bureau of the ACP Council of Ministers
23 November: Ministerial Committee on Development Finance Cooperation
24-25 November: 102nd Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Council of the EU
23 November: Eurogroup
23-24 November: Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
26 November: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
27 November: Foreign Affairs Council

European Parliament
23-26 November (Strasbourg): European Parliament Committee Meetings 
23-26 November (Strasbourg): European Parliament plenary session

European Commission
23 November: Annual research conference 2015: Fiscal policy after the crisis
23 November:EURDEP: 20 years of radiological data sharing
23 November: Transport SME innovation day
23-24 November (Luxembourg): ManuFuture 2015 – Strategic investments in European manufacturing to rise to global challenges
23-25 November (Ispra): Characterisation of nanomaterials with focus on nanomedicine
24 November: State-owned enterprises reform: lessons learnt from the crisis and way forward
24 November: The role of city-regions in the achievement of low-carbon economy
24-25 November (Thessaloniki): 21st MARS conference: Feedback of the first year of implementation of the new CAP reform
24-25 November (London): 1st scientific seminar of the Knowledge centre for disaster risk management (DRMKC): Science for policy and operations
25 November: European social innovation competition 2015 awards ceremony
25 November: PREDICT conference 2015 – Dynamics of ICTs: industries, R&D, markets
25 November: Confrontations Europe – Energy and digital mutations: the impact on employment and the role of economic and social actors in Europe
26-27 November: The European Culture Forum
27 November (Odessa): Regions as knowledge users and facilitators
27 November: 3rd EU-Norway energy conference

23 November: Nutrition causal analysis to support programming
25 November: Launch of the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants
26 November: Avoiding dangerous climate change: what role for forests and land?
27 November: Benefit sharing in REDD+. Understanding effectiveness, efficiency and equity outcomes

European Investment Bank
24-26 November (Cape Town ): AFIF 2015: Africa Finance & Investment Forum

European Economic and Social Committee
27 November (Luxembourg): Communicating European Development Policy - Civil Society Media Seminar 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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The government of Cameroon will host a distinguished group of business leaders in Yaoundé for a high-level investment mission from 8-10 December 2015. The mission is being organised by DMA and provide a unique opportunity for investors and business leaders to deepen relationships in Cameroon. It will also allow them to secure new investments and witness first-hand the opportunities in one of Africa’s emerging markets. Organised by DMA, and supported by FCO and UKTI, the trade mission will take a group of current and potential private sector investors in Cameroon to meet with Prime Minister Philémon Yang and his cabinet in order to build on the momentum gained from the highly successful UK-Cameroon Trade & Investment Forum (also hosted by DMA in London back in 2014).

The Cook Islands Fishing Association says there's worry a new fishing ageement will impact on the sustainability of bigeye tuna. The Ministry of Marine Resources has entered into a draft agreement with the European Union that will allow Spanish purse seiners into Cook Islands waters. The president of the Cook Islands Fishing Association, Don Beer, says most members practice subsistence fishing, and have noticed a decline in fish catch over the years. Mr Beer says members are aware the Spanish purse seiners will be targetting skipjack tuna, which has a healthy population. But Mr Beer says members are concerned about the impact on bigeye and yellowfin tuna, which local fishermen rely heavily on.

Bamboo Finance is teaming up with Louis Dreyfus Holding to launch and manage a new impact investment fund which will target SMEs in the agribusiness sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Louis Dreyfus Holding is seeding the fund, NISABA, with $10 million. The partnership expects to hold the final close for the fund, which is hard-capped at $50 million, in mid-late 2017. The fund is attracting interest from investors in both the developed world—specifically impact investors and DFIs—as well as African pension funds. “We are excited to apply an integrated investment approach with a vast network of local expertise for the benefit of smallholder farmers and their communities, while demonstrating the value of impact investing,” said Bamboo Finance CEO, Jean Philippe de Schrevel.

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