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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Government has pumped more than $18 million into the establishment of an in vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds programme in a bid to reduce the country’s dependence on imported seeds. The Government is also hoping that the programme will increase the yields of Irish potato farmers across the island. The project, which is a component of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ National Irish Potato Development Programme, will be implemented with the assistance of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), the Scientific Research Council (SRC), and the Northern Caribbean University (NCU)

Working with the private sector was long thought the antithesis of development, but the global narrative is changing. Small-scale wins of providing clean water or building schools in remote villages are being replaced by the wish to make deeper structural changes to African economies by funding business opportunities. And the main drivers of this approach are the UK and the European Union (EU). In 2014, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) overhauled its development policies to engage more with business and increasingly target private sector investment. In June 2015, DFID invested an extra £735m in its development finance institution, the CDC Group, which specialises in private sector funding, marking Britain’s first capital injection into the institution for two decades.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

The Murrimo Macadâmias company, established in Mozambique under a joint venture between a company in South Africa and another in the Netherlands, is due in March to start its first harvest of nuts five years after starting planting on a plot in Gurué, in the central province of Zambezia. The consortium made up of South African companies Crookes Brothers Limited and White Bird International BV, of the Netherlands, with experience in the production of fruits and other crops in Swaziland and Zimbabwe, has already invested more than US$24 million in planting macadamia on a 3,000-hectare plot, of which 240 hectares have already been planted.

Vanuatu's Prime Minister has arrived in Brussels for talks with the European Union. Charlot Salwai is in the EU capital for a week of meetings with leading officials of the EU, France and Netherlands. The fourth EU-Vanuatu Political Dialogue will formally open tomorrow. Mr Salwai's delegation includes the Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone, the Agriculture Minister Matai Naiwalu as well as other senior government officials. It is expected Vanuatu will brief the EU on its new strategic plan, called Vanuatu 2030, an over-arching policy framework for the government's development plans for the next 13 years. Launched by Mr Salwai last week, the plan seeks to improve infrastructure, education and healthcare, develop the sustainable economy and rural sector and mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) kicked off the year with a strong presence at the Vakantiebeurs trade Show, Netherlands held between January 11th and January 15th 2017. This was in a bid to Woo Netherlands tourists even as the sector is quickly recovering. With over 120,000 visitors, Vakantiebeurs is a leading business-to-consumer trade show. It serves as a platform to understanding market performance and emerging trends. Statistics have shown that Africa is among the top 5 regions trade show visitors have sought holiday information on. KTB capitalized on how consumers often plan and book their holidays from the broad offering of destinations exhibiting at the show.