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Sunday, 19 November 2017

For the past year, the European Union Business Group (EUBG) has been in the middle of encouraging commercial links between business people in the European Union and Tanzania as a way to boost economic relations, including highlighting new investment opportunities. "The formation of 70 private sector members is not an easy task and EUBG deserves accolades, as this evolves to trade and investment, making Tanzanians attain better lives," Prof. Adolf Mkenda, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade Industry and Investment said recently. This was during an event to mark the first anniversary of EUBG in Tanzania. Morten Juul, the EUBG Chairman said: "Other achievements are to build a strong relationship with valued partners namely Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and fellow National business groups, formed a network of 70 private sector companies representing 12 European Union (EU) countries across 20 sectors of industry."

Source: allafrica.com

The European Union is closing its office in Apia, just two years after a grand opening. In 2014, the EU Commissioner of Development Andris Piebalgs visited Samoa and other small island states to launch and review a series of sustainable development projects, including solar arrays and wind farms. However, the Samoa Observer reports the EU has now decided to centralise its efforts in a regional office in Fiji. The Head of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, told the paper the EU is seeking more efficiency and the move will not affect its relationship with Samoa.

Source: radionz.co.nz

The Cook Islands Minister of Internal affairs, Albert Nicholas, says many people in his electorate are opposed to the planned purse seine fishing deal with the European Union. The US$6.5 million deal would grant access to four EU purse seiners to catch up to 7,000 tonnes of tuna a year in the Cooks' Exclusive Economic Zone. It has been widely criticised with the latest claims that the government has been advised by its own officials that the documents are fatally flawed. Mr Nicholas says he may take an information paper to cabinet outlining the opposition from his constituents to the fishing plan. His comments come after the Agriculture Minister, Kiriau Turepu, said an independent team from the private sector should have been identified at the outset to advise the government on the deal. The Prime Minister Henry Puna, who is also the Fisheries Minister, is adamant the EU deal is yet to be signed off.

Source: radionz.co.nz

An emergency response vehicle and 208 water tanks have been provided to the Republic of the Marshall Islands this week as part of ongoing support to boost emergency response efforts in the small Pacific Island nation. The timely gesture has been made possible through the European Union’s €19.37million Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project (BSRP), implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC). The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs presented the emergency response vehicle to the National Disaster Management Office in the capital, Majuro, today and will travel to the outer atolls of Marshall Islands including Aur, Tobal and Maloelap to see firsthand the important work of drought response and solar projects that are occurring in these communities. Maloelap is one of the 14 atoll islands that were electrified with 100 solar home systems under the EU-SPC partnership through the North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (North-REP).

Source: saipantribune.com

The European Union has reaffirmed its support for Fiji in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston and says detailed discussions will be held in the coming weeks on European assistance in the recovery and rebuilding phase. The assurance was made by the European Commission’s Director for Asia and the Pacific responsible for Europe Aid, Pierre Amilhat, at a meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, with the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Mr Amilhat said he intended to hold talks with the AG in the next few weeks to canvass a number of areas of support, including initiatives and programs for the sugar cane industry. The two men discussed the Post Disaster Needs Assessment Report on Cyclone Winston, which has been jointly prepared by the European Union, the World Bank, the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank. The Report is a comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Winston and the needs of Fijians living in the affected areas.

Source: fijisun.com.fj