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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

European Council

4 October: Coreper I and Coreper II
6 October: Coreper I

European Parliament

2-5 October: European Parliament Plenary Session (Strasbourg)

Presidency of the Council of the EU

5-6 October: Our ocean, an ocean for life (Malta)

Other Events

4 October: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

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France has ‘failed to propose a long-term strategy for the economic development of the African continent’. This is what emerges from the report ‘Ready for the Africa of today?’ published by the Institut Montaigne on Wednesday 20 September. The study points to increasingly fierce international competition, and says China, Morocco, India, India and Turkey have adopted much more developed strategies. The French are ‘locked in a circular political discourse’. Each new president announces a renewal of Franco-African relations, promising to do better than the previous government. The institute also complains about the dependence on public authorities, as actions in Africa are more heavily dependent on funding and diplomatic efforts.

The government of Gabon reacted on Friday after the European Parliament resolution on 17 September calling on Gabon to stop all ‘harassment, intimidation and persecution’ of the opposition and ‘immediately release anyone still wrongfully held’. Libreville refuted all these accusations and condemned what it called the EP’s ‘relentlessness’ and failure to respect the sovereignty of Gabon. ‘The Government of the Republic joins the Gabonese Senate in denouncing this relentless and unjustifiable action,’ said the Minister of Communication and Government spokesman, Alain Claude Bilie By Nze.

On Wednesday, the European Union organised a seminar on an interim report on the evaluation of its cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire. Carried out by a team of independent consultants over the period 2007–2015, this evaluation aims to improve the policies and practices of the European Union in order to enable it to increase the impact of its cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire. According to the report, the consolidation of peace, good governance and strengthening of the state have been key objectives for the EU throughout the reporting period.

A new organisation which aims to bring together businesses in Ghana and Ireland has been launched in Accra. Business Ireland Ghana (BIG) is being set up at a time when trade between Ireland and Ghana is growing. The organisation’s members come from the established Irish business community in Ghana, companies in Ireland looking to expand into Ghana, and Ghanaian businesses with an interest in Ireland. Launching Business Ireland Ghana, the Irish Ambassador to Ghana, Nigeria and ECOWAS, Sean Hoy, said that it was an exciting time to launch the network.

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