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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The National Assembly Members Tuesday adopted the report on the 42nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 31st Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly held in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, from 8 to 15 June 2016. Tabling the report before lawmakers, the National Assembly Member for Banjul North, Hon. Alhagie Sillah, the head of the delegation, said the ACP-EU JPA brings together MEPs and MPs from 78 European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States that have signed the Cotonou Agreement, which is the basis for ACP-EU cooperation and development work.

EU-GIZ partnership to benefit island communities and schools through improved supply of clean water, access to solar-powered electricity and fuel from biogas. Fourteen Pacific island countries and Timor Leste are working on 22 projects to increase resilience and improve access to fresh water and energy for island communities. The projects are funded by the European Union, through their EDF10 Pacific Regional Programme (PRIP).

How should the Anglophone Caribbean respond to Brexit? Should it, based on the expert advice it has received from the CARICOM Secretariat and its own trade negotiators, now be actively exploring with the UK an approach that secures an equivalent trade relationship to that which it has with the EU under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)? Following the June 23 decision by the UK electorate to leave the EU, CARICOM Heads of Government considered a seven-page paper and technical attachment at their July 4-6 summit in Georgetown.

Mr Fillippo Amato, an European Union (EU) official, says the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and ECOWAS will help Nigeria to achieve its diversification drive. Amato, Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economics Section in EU, told newsmen in Abuja on Friday that the agreement, yet to be signed by Nigeria, would boost its non-oil exports. “First, all duties on exports from Nigeria to the EU will be brought to zero from the first day of the entry into force of the Agreement. “Signing the agreement will dramatically reduce the cost of Nigeria’s products exported to the EU thereby making them more competitive.

Two years ago, the European Commission put forward an ambitious Investment Plan for Europe to get our continent back on track by mobilising new private investments. Its combination of improved access to finance, guarantees, technical assistance, and measures to create a positive business environment has delivered impressive results. For each euro spent, it is mobilising about 10 euros in investments. The same innovative approach could benefit immensely our entire neighbourhood. For this reason, we are now proposing a European external investment plan.