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Saturday, 18 August 2018

A first of a kind Trade Data Peer Learning for the Solomon Islands delegates has been facilitated by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism yesterday. In opening the learning, permanent secretary for the ministry, Shaheen Ali said the workshop would provide a platform to exchange information and knowledge in the area of trade data. "This peer learning is extra special for Fiji, as we are welcoming our Melanesian colleagues, which is further strengthening the relationship between the MSG countries," Mr Ali said....The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat are facilitating the two-week peer learning. The delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Ministry of Finance and Treasury — who are experts in Customs and statistics.

The Government is examining ways to more effectively utilise the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to strengthen Jamaica’s trade relations with the 27-member EU. This is against the background of significant developments, notably the pending departure of the United Kingdom (UK), Jamaica’s largest trading partner in that bloc, said Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith. She was speaking during the Third Jamaica/EU Political Dialogue held recently at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices. The EPA, between the EU and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), which is the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, took effect in 2009.

Tobias Ellwood, the UK Minister for Africa and the Middle East, and Baroness Northover, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy visited Angola this week for calls with senior ministers covering the wide range of areas in which the UK and Angola work together.In his first visit to Angola, minister Ellwood met senior Angolan ministers. These important discussions were built on the progress made during the visit of his predecessor, James Duddridge, in 2016, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UK and Angola covering the political, economic and commercial bilateral relationship. As well as discussing bilateral relations, discussions focused on the region and the international agenda. Not only is Angola a valued UK partner in terms of trade, but we have the same objectives in terms of regional and international peace and security Ahead of his visit, Mr Ellwood said: I am delighted to be visiting Angola for the first time and look forward to discussing areas of mutual interest to our two countries.

Spain’s Citrus Management Committee (CGC) has claimed South African citrus exporters are avoiding the Mediterranean country’s ports in favor of the Netherlands as Dutch points of entry are allegedly far less “effective” at detecting citrus black spot (CBS). The CGC claimed it had seen unspecified documents from the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) which it said showed that Dutch inspections during the 2014 campaign were 24-times less effective than Spanish inspections for the CSB-causing Gignardia Citricarpa pathogen. It alleged that it was because of this that the Netherlands received the highest volumes of South African citrus in Europe. It went on to claim that inspections were not carried out in the Netherlands by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, but a private company called Kwaliteits Controle Bu­reau (KCB) headed up by Dutch produce importers.

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