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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Friday, 22 March 2019

European Parliament

27 February 2 March: Committee Meetings

28 February: 3rd reform of the common European asylum system: up for the challenge

01 - 02 March: European Parliament Plenary Session

Council of the EU and European Council

27 February: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council

28 February: Environment Council

21 February: Economic and Financial Affairs Council

01 March: Coreper I and Coreper II

02 March: Coreper II

03 March: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

European Commission

27 February: Stakeholder meeting on a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution including the possible establishment of a multilateral investment court

European Economic and Social Committee

01 March: Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

02 - 03 March: 3rd European Migration Forum

Other events

01 March: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: Digital for Development (D4D) in practice"

03 March: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "Digital Finance for Inclusive and Sustainable Development"

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Interview with Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

In this week's CTA Brussels video interview, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, explains why regional trade in Africa is a priority for UNCTAD, and what the institution is doing to support regional integration across the continent.

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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.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Finland Ambassador to Ethiopia Helena Airaksinen said that Ethiopia has made good progress in terms of economic development."Finland is also keen on expanding economic cooperation with Ethiopia." In an exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, Amb. Helena Airaksinen said Finland and Ethiopia have been working together in rural economic development particularly in Amhara state focusing on inland administration, agricultural value chain production improvement programs and the like. According to her, the rural economic development programs are aimed at improving rural farmers' productivity and income.

Time to breathe new life into the WTO process. Agriculture plays a critical role in climate change – it is both a cause and a victim of it. And it plays a key role in the implementation of most of the SDGs. "We must get the sustainable development goals right, but we must also get trade in agriculture right, and we look to the EU to lead the way here", says the EESC. The EU is well positioned positively to lead this process. It is the largest exporter and importer of agricultural products, it has a proven interest in trade and sustainable development and it has the credibility to play an effective bridging role between developed and developing countries.

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