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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, presented a Ghanaian agriculture company, United Africa Fruit, with a certificate to mark their success in winning a place in the UK government’s international “Business is GREAT” competition. Founder and CEO Mr. Kadri Lomo represented the company at the award ceremony, which took place at the British High Commission in Accra. The global campaign invited companies looking to source products or services from the UK to register for the UK government’s free export matching service. Winning companies were selected based on the value of the products and services they were looking to source, and the reasons why they wanted to source from the UK.

The Cotonou Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the EU needs to be reformed in order to improve its effectiveness, MEPs said in a resolution adopted Tuesday. They call for a new legally binding framework that focuses on global development goals, human rights and enhances regional cooperation. “This report is a sound basis for a new partnership that offers a strong and effective structure. It is all the more important for human rights, where political dialogue was not very effective in the past. In a new agreement this should be strengthened. This would serve the interest of all participating nations” - Norbert Neuser (S&D, DE) rapporteur of the report said before the vote.

Improving the production of subtropical crops in Kenya and Ethiopia, promoting the local consumption of mangoes and avocados and researching the pests present in the area that could someday become a threat to the Spanish plantations. These are the goals and to help achieve them, Iñaki Hormaza and Eduardo de la Peña, researchers of the Subtropical and Mediterranean Fruit Horticulture Institute (IHSM) La Mayora, visited this summer different areas of south-western Kenya and southern Ethiopia, where there is some production of mangoes and avocados.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has invested over €92 million in Zambia. This is contained in the bank’s annual report issued to Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, by the head of regional representation, Carmelo Cocuzza in Pretoria. In its 2015 annual report, the records show that EIB supported Zesco with a €78 million loan for its power transmission and distribution network project. The EIB also supported small and medium enterprises with finance facilities in Zambia through a €14 million line of credit managed by FNB Zambia. The EIB is the largest multilateral borrower and lender in the world and is active in 160 countries, including Zambia.

From January 2016, thousands of pastoralists arrived in Djibouti from the Somali region of Ethiopia and from the Somaliland Region of Somalia, fleeing one of the most severe droughts of the last decade. Many pregnant women and children under five among the displaced showed signs of acute malnutrition and anemia. Half of the adult men and women were underweight and many were suffering chronic coughs, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases. In April 2016, the number of displaced pastoralists totalled 9,650 in different settlement sites in Ali-Sabieh, Dickhil and Obock regions of Djibouti.