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Friday, 24 November 2017

EU-Africa relations are governed by partially overlapping policy frameworks. The most important ones are the Cotonou Agreement (2000) and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). Both these frameworks include political, economic and development dimensions. The EU is actively working to promote peace and security in Africa and engages with the African Union (AU) in various policy dialogues, including on democracy and human rights.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Organic farmer Fonyije Chigozili is hoping to break into the European market. She has benefited from valuable assistance to achieve her goal under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Under the programme, local fresh produce, processed sauces and mixes have duty-free quota access to markets in Europe, tapping into a market of more than 450 million high-income consumers. Ms. Chigozili, who is a member of the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement (JOAM), was among several farmers, food processors and exporters, who recently benefited from capacity-building training under phase one of the initiative (EPA 1).

On November 29, Ministers from the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states (the ACP) will meet in Brussels. There they are expected to agree a set of principles that will determine the ACP’s approach to negotiating a successor arrangement to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. This is the treaty which ends in February 2020, which presently provides the legally binding basis for the ACP’s political, economic, trade and development relationship with Europe.

A delegation of leading Mauritian garment manufacturers will attend an apparel sourcing event in London next month to showcase what the country's apparel and textile industry has to offer. The group, organised by the government export association Enterprise Mauritius, will be at the London-based Fashion SVP taking place at London Olympia from 15-16 November. Comprising 12 manufacturers of quality knitwear, woven and jersey products, the Mauritian delegates will join the show alongside representatives from 15 other countries, including the UK, the Baltics, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Poland, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Bulgaria.

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe. Solomon Islands Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency Moses Kouni Mose and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic (representing the current EU Presidency) His Excellency Peter Javocyk and Ms Belinda Pyke, Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation, DG-Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission signed the agreement on Friday 7th October in Brussels.