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Monday, 16 October 2017

Council of the EU and European Council

20 February: Eurogroup

20-21 February: Competitiveness Council

21 February: Economic and Financial Affairs Council

22 February: Coreper I and Coreper II

Other events

14  February: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "Sustainability efforts in the garment value chain"

 

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The latest Brussels Development Briefing n.47 on the subject of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities” took place on 3rd February 2017 in Brussels at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels) from 09:00 to 13:00.  This Briefing was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA),in collaboration with IFPRI, the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat. The Briefing promoted exchange of views and experiences around: (1) the latest developments and status of regional trade in Africa, specifically in the agricultural sector (2) the key trends driving regional integration in Africa, from the regional institutions, as well as the private sector; (3) the role of partnerships, particularly PPPs, and between the African regions and international bodies, to address bottlenecks and the major barriers to enhancing regional agricultural trade.

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The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Germany's Development Minister Gerd Müller has called for more German investment in Africa and argued that the investments could help reduce poverty. One such project he used as an example was Kevian. The filling plants were supplied by a German company and financed by a loan from development agencies in Germany. The company has grown from 60 employees to 600. The fruit suppliers also benefit. "That's how it should be. 300,000 farmers supply mangos for processing. The farmers have long-term contracts, get a fixed price and can live on it," Müller said. According to the 61-year-old minister, Africa needs ten thousand of such factories.

The Zambian government said Tuesday that the plan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to set up an office in the country was a clear endorsement by Europe that Zambia was one of the best investment destinations in Africa. Minister of Finance Felix Mutati, who has just returned from a tour of some European countries to strengthen economic cooperation, said the European bank promised to set up an office in Zambia by the third quarter of 2017.

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