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Sunday, 17 December 2017

President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to humanitarian aid go against the global development goals the United States committed to in 2015, the European Union's international development chief warned Friday. "Any withdrawal or cut in the development assistance would actually go contrary to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda," the EU commissioner for international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica, told The Associated Press. The ambitious set of global goals take aim at eradicating poverty, reducing disease burden and ensuring clean water around the world, among other issues, by 2030. They were adopted by the international community at a United Nations summit.

The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica met in Brussels with the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow. The meeting was an opportunity to welcome President Barrow to the EU institutions following his election in December 2016 which saw a peaceful change of leadership in January, with exemplary support by the region. HR/VP Mogherini highlighted that the change in leadership opens a new chapter in EU-Gambia relations and that the EU fully supports President Barrow's reform agenda to establish strong democratic institutions in respect of human rights and the rule of law.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica announced today additional EU support to respond to the crises in South Sudan, Somalia and its neighbouring countries, during an official visit to the African Union. On the occasion of an official visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, announced a support package of €165 million to address the multiple crises in the Horn of Africa region. Commissioner Mimica said: "The sooner we act, the more lives we can save. This package of €165 million will support the urgent needs of South Sudanese people in the country and the region but also the millions of people at risk of famine in the Horn of Africa. With this additional support, the EU shows the way to other members of the international community to also respond urgently."

Friday, 17 March 2017

This stems from an agreement with the Finance Ministry, Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák said on February 22, after the cabinet okayed the annual plan for bilateral development assistance for 2017. “Based on the government's approval of the document today, we may launch calls for proposals now,” the minister said, as cited by the TASR newswire. “Neither our priorities nor the countries [receiving aid] have changed. It's a total of 10 countries, or nine plus one, where our primary focus is on development assistance.” Special attention is being paid to Southern Sudan, which is grappling with specific humanitarian and social concerns. For humanitarian and development assistance to evolve into economic cooperation and a dialogue, Slovakia would need to have a diplomatic presence there.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Topteam of the Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials (Topsector T&U) visited Rwanda from 27 February - 1 March for a fact finding mission on possibilities for cooperation. The delegation was received and accompanied by the DG Crops of MINAGRI, the advisor of the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, the director research of RAB, the director of RAB North and the deputy CEO and director horticulture of NAEB. The delegation visited Rwandan companies and government institutes and had wide ranging discussions on (further) development of the horticulture sector in Rwanda with a specific emphasis on production for export and for the domestic market.