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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Today, the European Commission appointed Stefano Manservisi as Director-General of its department for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) as of 16 May. Mr Manservisi, an Italian national, is currently Head of Cabinet of High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini. Mr Manservisi brings more than thirty years of experience in the Commission to this job, including six years as Director-General of the department for Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific States (DG DEV) and four years leading the department for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME).

Source: europa.eu

The Dominican banana sector generates US $420 million a year and creates more than 32,000 jobs, 44% of which are permanent and 12% of which are for women. This data was revealed on Tuesday during a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Accompanying Measures for Bananas Program that was held in the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD). During the meeting, authorities reported that more than 80% of the country's banana production was organic and intended for export. The main achievements of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) program, which has a budget of 1,000 million Dominican pesos, more than 900 million of which were financed by the Union European, were also presented in the meeting. The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, and the Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Mr. Angel Estevez and Bautista Rojas Gomez, respectively, as well as the Ambassador of the European Union in the country, Alberto Navarro, and Osmar Benitez , chief executive of the JAD, attended the meeting (...) The CEO of the JAD, Osmar Benitez, highlighted the growth experienced by the banana sector in the Dominican Republic through the BAM program, which has placed the country as a leader in organic banana exports to Europe.

Source: freshplaza.com

Trade issues took centre stage during the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, which was held on 25-29 April in Dakar, Senegal. Ministers discussed prospects regarding the Economic partnership agreements (EPAs) still under negotiation with the European Union, as well as issues related to trade in various commodities, such as fishing products and sugar, among others. 

Dissent was heard at the high-level meeting in Dakar last week of the EU and the 79-member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group. At stake during the five days of meetings outside the Senegalese capital was a successor agreement to the Cotonou agreement, which expires in 2020. Along with the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, leaders and representatives from some of the poorest countries in the world were present for talks on economic, political and development cooperation. Although no formal conclusions have yet been issued, a preliminary statement admits that the council repeated previous demands that the EU show more “flexibility” towards the poorer states in the remaining negotiations.

Source: euractiv.com

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A number of Finnish companies have shown interest in investing in Zambia, the Finnish Government has disclosed. Foreign Trade and Development minister Lenita Toivakka said here that a number of Finnish companies are interested in investing in Zambia which is one of the countries with the best investment climate. Ms Toivakka said the areas the companies were targeting are the green technology and renewable energy. She was speaking in an interview, ahead of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2016 World Press Freedom Day Conference which was held on Monday. "There are a lot of possibilities in Zambia in terms of trade relations, I am happy to note that a number of Finnish companies have expressed interest to invest in Zambia's green technology and renewable energy sectors," Ms Toivakka said.

Source: allafrica.com

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