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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

ACP Secretariat

14 June: Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
15 June: 50th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
16 June: Meetings of the three standing committees ACP-EU
17 June: Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
18-20 June: 35th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

European Parliament

11-14 June: European Parliament plenary session
16 June: Meetings of the three standing committees ACP-EU

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Conference CTA, Agricord, PAFO on 21 June

"Digitalisation for Development – Benefits for Farmers’ Organisations"

The Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO), CTA and Agricord (International alliance of agri-agencies) have engaged in a joint project to improve the efficiency of farmer’s led enterprises and hence improve productivity, market access and livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

From access to inputs to trading, from individual smallholder households to well-established cooperatives, from smartphone applications to satellite imaging technology, digital technologies offer crucial, opportunities for optimizing agricultural productivity, added value and establishing well-organised value-chains. Digitalisation is a strong driver of poverty reduction, sustainable development and inclusive growth in the rural areas.

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 51 on ”Agriculture as an engine of economic reconstruction and development in fragile countries ” will take place on 27 June 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD.

CTA in collaboration with the African Union, the European Commission and UNIDO held a high-level panel discussion on "Leading the change: Empowering women and girls for a thriving rural economy - Enhancing policy dialogue and cooperation on strengthening the role of women and girls in agriculture and rural areas", on June 6 during the European Development Days 2018 in Brussels.

The panel focused on how public and private responsible investments mobilise, incentivise and empower women and girls in the rural economy in Africa.The objective is to better coordinate African Union and European Union initiatives to increase investments in African sustainable agriculture, agribusiness and agroindustrial development.

CTA in collaboration with the ACP Secretariat and TradeCom held a lab debate on "Investing in ACP Women’s Graduation from the Informal Economy - Supporting Women Entrepreneurs to Effectively Push Back the Frontiers of Poverty, Informal Economy, Unemployment, Inclusiveness through EPAs’’, on June 6 during the European Development Days 2018 in Brussels.

Sustained trade expansion and economic growth in the ACP countries provides the needed hope that the sought success in pushing back the frontiers of poverty, informal economy, youth unemployment and trade inclusiveness is within reach. IMF’s latest statistics confirms that the majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world through 2020 will be in Africa. Intra-ACP trade is growing. Caribbean and Pacific countries are strengthening their frontier status in the sector of trade in services.

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