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Friday, 20 October 2017

Since spring 2015, the European Union has been facing an unprecedented peak of illegal migration from the Middle East and Africa, in particular from countries of the Horn of Africa, writes Teshome Toga. Teshome Toga is the ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the Benelux and Baltic countries, as well as to the European Union. The EU has defined a set of strategies and policies to deal with this challenge internally, but also to help countries of origin and transit to manage reception and hosting of migrants. Ultimately, the goal is to address the root causes of illegal migration in the countries of origin by creating better living conditions at home.

The British Department for International Development (DfID) is set to disburse £23.5 million (about Rwf24 billion) through a new programme, dubbed “Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda” (IMSAR). IMSAR, which was launched in Kigali, yesterday, will see the money paid out over a period of six years to support agribusiness, help farmers, develop the private sector, create jobs and promote economic growth and exports in a bid to support the commercialisation of agriculture. DFID director for East and Central Africa Donal Brown said agriculture must be at the centre of economic development because it has real potential, especially in Africa.

The National Coordinator of ‘Capacity4food’ Project, Alie Kamara has said that the African Continent has resolved to use Agriculture as an engine for economic growth and development.
He made this statement at the final conference of the Capacity4food project held at the Njala University Guest Conference Hall at Njala Campus, week. He recalled the statement made by a former president of America Roosevelt, saying a nation that destroys it soil destroys itself.

The first enhanced political dialogue between the Independent State of Samoa and the European Union under Article 8 of the ACP-EU partnership (Cotonou) Agreement was held in Apia on 4 of October. The discussions covered political and economic developments in Samoa and the European Union as well as key strategic topics of mutual interest for both sides. The meeting was chaired on the Samoan side by the Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, and by HE Mr Andrew Jacobs, Head of Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific.

In the flood of debate and opinion which followed the UK’s Brexit referendum, journalists and scholars alike have focused on the economic impact on Britain, the future of trade agreements and the effect on the rest of the EU. With a few exceptions, implications outside of Europe are often ignored. Africa barely gets a look in, but the shockwaves here could be deeply damaging. Clearly, the economic and aid implications matter, as we and others have pointed out. Here, however, we want to examine the socio-political and diplomatic dimensions beyond Europe of what is a seemingly European decision. This is especially important given the broad range and nature of Africa-EU relations.