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Monday, 16 October 2017

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has urged Sweden to use its position in two major international organizations to highlight the unfair labelling of some of the Community’s Member States as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions”. Speaking at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters during the accreditation ceremony of Sweden’s news Ambassador to the Community, the Secretary-General pointed out that as regional countries try to diversify their economies and build their services sector, some engaged in financial services have been labelled as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions”.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU) have formally launched the implementation of projects valued at 31.6 million Euros. The projects were launched under the Trade Related Facility (TRF), which was established through a contribution agreement between the EU and SADC in 2014. The objective of the TRF is to improve the participation of SADC Member States in regional and international trade in order to contribute to sustainable development within the SADC region. Projects being supported by the TRF mainly focus on customs cooperation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, rules of origin, trade facilitation, industrial development, trade promotion and development, and trade in services.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat stands ready to support members, in both advisory and coordination capacities, as they prepare for negotiations of a successor to the Cotonou Agreement. “The Cotonou Partnership Agreement review process provides us a window of opportunity to reposition ourselves better to achieve a new EU-ACP framework that serves us better,” Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said at the Pacific ACP Officials meeting this week. Pacific ACP countries have begun a coordinated approach to the post-Cotonou arrangement negotiations.

The ministry of agriculture yesterday announced new operators and management for the Oshakati and Katima Mulilo abattoirs. “The cost of operating the abattoirs will be N$8 million for Oshakati and N$6 million for Katima Mulilo,” agriculture permanent secretary Percy Misika said in Windhoek yesterday. The abattoirs will be operational by the end of October, and they will be funded by the European Development Fund 11 (EDF).

The European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Agriculture will this year sign a financing agreement amounting to €87 million to support the agriculture sector under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) 2014-20 national indicative programme. Ministry of Finance national authorising officer-agriculture sector Kondwani Gondwe said the financing agreement is expected to be signed by December this year while the implementation of the project will be next year. Mr Gondwe said a bigger portion of the funding will go towards financing for small-scale farmers with concessional loans that will be given through commercial banks.