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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Easy in (Fiji) Limited’s trading as, Adi Chocolate and Fijiana Cacao, is hoping to secure a market to export chocolate to in the United Kingdom and the European Union countries. Company director Tomohito Zukoshi conrmed this during the launch of the Wainaka Cocoa Association’s Cocoa Processing Unit in Lutu, Naitasiri, on Thursday. Mr Zukoshi said his plans were to create premium chocolate quality and to stabilise the sustainable cocoa production in Fiji. “Chocolate is part of our revitalisation process. If you have a chocolate factory and your turnover is higher and your prot margin is higher than you can support more cocoa farmers,” he said.

Both parties agreed that the EPA marked the strengthening of South Africa-EU trade and investment relations. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana met European Union (EU) ambassador to South Africa Marcus Cornaro on Friday to discuss bilateral trade relations between South Africa and the EU. “The meeting took place in the context of the entry into force of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA group in October 2016,” the trade and industry department and the EU said in a joint statement. Both parties agreed that the EPA marked the strengthening of South Africa-EU trade and investment relations.

Jamaica and the European Union have committed to strengthen the collaboration on building a more effective partnership for growth and development. According to a joint release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union delegation, the committment was made during the third 'Jamaica/EU Political Dialogue' held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on Thursday. In her opening remarks at the dialogue, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said the partnership between EU and Jamaica remains strong and that the EU has made a significant contribution to Jamaica’s development and the wider Caribbean region.

The EU fisheries agreement with the Cook Islands and its implementation protocol, signed in October 2016, allow EU vessels to fish in this country’s waters for the first time. Parliament’s consent, requested for their conclusion, will be subject to a plenary vote planned for the February II session. Background To date, the EU has concluded tuna fisheries agreements with three countries in the western-central Pacific: Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Micronesia (see map). However, none of these agreements currently have a protocol in force, and thus the EU fishing fleet cannot operate in these countries’ Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ; for an overview of EU fishing activities in the western-central Pacific, see July 2016 EPRS briefing 'Expanding the network of EU tuna agreements').

As Caricom countries struggle to move away from their traditional reliance on a single industry or major crop in the face of growing economic uncertainty worldwide, they are finding it increasingly difficult to enter markets in the EU and North America with new types of food products. But tariffs are no longer the main barriers to accessing important markets, according to a document produced by the ACP-EU Overcoming Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) programme.The ACP-EU is of the view that “Non-tariffs barriers will become the main challenge of the future multilateral trade system.” Specifically, technical barriers related to compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) in export markets and other standards including those relating to labelling and packaging.