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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Namibia will remain on the European Union blacklist as long as it refuses to ratify the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's convention and abolish harmful preferential tax regimes. The EU blacklisted Namibia last year, together with countries like Panama, South Korea, Macau, Barbados, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates for failing to deal with illicit financial flows. The OECD is an inter-governmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. According to the Outcome of Proceedings for the Council of the European Union dated 5 December 2017, Namibia is not a member of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.

Conflicts, poverty and drought have forced hundreds of thousands of Africans to leave their homes. Czechs are among the Europeans who go there to give them a helping hand, which can take the form of seed potatoes, textbooks or even simple advice on how to nurture their children appropriately.There are more than 218 million people living in extreme poverty in Africa. The European Union therefore invests millions of euros to improve the living conditions of Africans and to limit their mass migration to the north. The financial assistance provided to Africa by the EU then turns into real and concrete aid – for example, in the form of sweet potato seedlings, wells or school buildings.

The European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) have both pledged unwavering support to President Mnangagwa’s Government in its efforts to reintegrate Zimbabwe into the international community and reforms to place the economy on a growth trajectory. AU chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat will visit Zimbabwe soon to assess how the AU can support the country in its preparations for harmonised elections, to be held by June this year and renewed efforts to have illegal sanctions imposed by the West lifted.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

CABI’s work in partnership to improve Ghana’s phyosanitary systems means vegetable exports worth $15 million a year are continuing once again after the lifting of a Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission ban imposed in 2015. The lifting of the suspension, imposed due to concerns about the management of four quarantine pests including false codling moth, whitefly, thrips and fruit fly, means Ghana is exporting chili peppers, bottle gourds, luffa gourds, bitter gourds and eggplants to Europe once more.

The Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, Mr William Hanna, has urged Ghanaian exporters to add value to their products in order to attract lower tariffs on the European market. “Europe today already buys your high quality products and we want to buy more if you add value to your products here in Ghana, by processing them so that you do not face higher tariffs,” he stated. Mr Hanna said that in an interview with the media in Accra last Thursday to explain further the Ghana-EU Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

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