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Friday, 17 August 2018

The European Union (EU) is urging the local private sector to take full advantage of the Economic Partnership Agreement signed between countries in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the EU. Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that of the 14 countries which signed the EPA, only the Dominican Republic is benefiting from the Agreement, which is designed to ensure that trade is freer and fairer between the Caribbean and European countries. She questioned why Jamaica was not benefiting more from the Agreement, and committed to helping the private sector to leverage the investments in trade within European markets.

A five-year project aimed to support farmers' groups in Arusha and Manyara regions to enable them to improve agricultural productivity was launched here last week with the partner organisations involved optimistic on its success. The cost of the project is euro 1,058,000, according to the communications officer with the Tanzania Horticultural Association ( Taha), Ms Adda Ngoya The official launch of Cooperation Agreement attracted four organisations which will support implementation of the project titled 'Strengthening Farmers' Organisations for Sustainable Agricultural Development'. Besides Taha, others are Trias Tanzania, Andreas Hermes Akademie (Aha), a German institution. Aha is a German farmer-based agri-agency and capacity-building institution.

On 6 December 2016, the Council decided to sign a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Cuba. The Council also decided to provisionally apply parts of the agreement. The agreement will be transmitted to the European Parliament for its consent, in view of its conclusion. It will be signed on 12 December 2016 at 9.30 by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, EU foreign ministers, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said: "We are truly at a turning point in the relations between the EU and Cuba. Together, we are moving towards a closer and more constructive partnership, one that reflects strong historic, economic and cultural ties that unite Europe and Cuba

So far, over 7,000 farmers have been trained and linked to different markets through a 4-year project designed to help farmers market their produce, the Private Sector Federation (PSF) has said. The Rwf4bn Link Farmers to Market Project (LIFAM), to be concluded this year, is financed by the Netherlands government and implemented by PSF, according to Regina Kayitesi, the national project coordinator. She was speaking to The New Times, on Monday, at the closure of a four-day farmers exhibition at Gikondo Expo grounds. The expo, attended by over 200 farmers, was organised by the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock at PSF. The expo was themed "unlocking the potential of Rwandan farmers to markets."

The European Union (EU) on Monday pledged its support for the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government to rebuild some parts of the North East and Niger Delta regions by earmarking 20 million Euros for the reconstruction of markets and warehouses in Borno and Delta States. The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Arrion, who gave the pledge during a visit to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun in her office, said the funds would be offered to the two States in the form of budget support. “Sometime ago, we talked about budget support but we will be able to do that only at the State level, using a special instrument meant for countries emerging from war, and we can look at States in the North East and look at specific projects in terms of financial support to their budgets,” he said.