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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

The 32nd plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will take place in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, from December 19 to 21 2016. The session will be opened formally by its Co-Presidents Louis Michel for the European Parliament, and Netty Baldeh (Gambia) for the ACP in presence of Justin Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya. The plenary session will be preceded and prepared by meetings of the three standing committees - Economic Development, Finance and Trade; Political Affairs; and Social Affairs - on Saturday, 17 December. The Bureau will meet on Sunday, 18 December.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Belgian biological controls specialist, Biobest, has acquired Thika­based pest­control firm Real IPM Kenya. Biobest, a leading global player in pollination and biological pest control, said the acquisition would allow it get a strong foothold in a part of the world where it has no presence. The Kenya firm has a broad market presence in the export­driven flower market and among smallholder grain farmers. Details of the stake and its worth were not disclosed. The transaction is, however, due to close in early 2017 subject to authorisation by the Competition Authority of Kenya and other regulators.

On Thursday 8 December 2016 during his working visit to Brussels, Mr Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin, chaired the signing ceremony between the Republic of Benin and the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a financing agreement for the development and modernisation of the drinking water supply system of the city of Cotonou. The EUR 30m finance contract was signed by Mr Romuald Wadagni, Benin’s Minister for the Economy and Finance, and Mr Ambroise Fayolle, EIB Vice-President. This loan forms part of the EU's priority action to deploy and modernise basic infrastructure that can help improve the daily lives of the local population. This is the EIB's second financing operation in this sector after the one granted (EUR 13m) in 2007 and completed in 2015.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the European Union have had a consultative meeting with PRECON Food Management on how far has the consultancy agreement to secure the European Union Export Market Certification for Sierra Leone’s Fisheries and Marine exports to EU markets have gone. PRECON Food Management is a Netherlands-based Consultancy Firm. Giving an overview on the said agreement, the Senior Director of the Strategy and Policy Unit in the Office of the President, Professor Victor Strasser King said the meeting was also geared towards the urgent need to accomplishing the certification exercise and to engender broadened technical support and to also collaborate with development partners in the fishing sector. He said the Ministry contracted PRECON to ensure they obtained transparency in the country’s fishing industry.

President Hage Geingob’s recent trip to France and the United Kingdom (UK) has reignited investor interest in Namibia in the areas of tourism, renewable energy, water, agriculture, fisheries and transport. Deputy Prime Minister and international relations minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, and Cabinet ministers Obeth Kandjoze, Calle Schlettwein and John Mutorwa accompanied Geingob, while Pohamba Shifeta joined him later in France. A business delegation also accompanied him to both countries. Explaining the importance of the trip, Presidential press secretary, Albertus Aochamub indicated that in the era of economic diplomacy that is being spearheaded by Geingob, face-to-face engagements are critical.