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Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Embassy of Dominica in Brussels (member of the Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States) is working closely with the EU Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), to trigger the EU’s emergency response system to assist Dominica by providing both monetary and material aid for hurricane relief. The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) is providing EC$806,000 (250,000 Euros) in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island on Sep. 19.

Moving ahead with the EIP's rapid implementation, the first Strategic Board of the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) met in Brussels on 28 September, on the same day that the entry into force of the regulation establishing the European Fund for Sustainable Development. The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) is the heart piece of the EU's new External Investment Plan (EIP). Its role is to help boosting private and public investment in our partner countries to address some of the obstacles to growth and some root reasons for irregular migration.

Exports to the European market have risen by 74% in six years. But other obstacles remain to be overcome. Madagascar has a trade surplus, selling more products in Europe than it imports. Madagascar’s exports rose from €499.5 million in 2012 to more than €875 million in 2016. Imports from the European Union account for less than 20% of total imports to Madagascar, according to figures from both the Ministry of Trade and Consumer Affairs, and the European Union Delegation in Madagascar.

Following the recent hurricane season and the experienced damage in the Caribbean, France has decided to move forward with stronger support for the geothermal project in St. Kitts, as reported by the Caribbean News Service. In a meeting this past weekend, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris and Ian Liburd, Minister for Public Infrastructure held bilateral meetings with the Ambassador of France to St. Kitts and Nevis. The meeting was also attended by French Foreign Trade Advisor, Jacques Chouraki, also the President of Teranov Geothermal Energy. The company has been working on establishing the geothermal potential on St. Kitts together with the government. In its studies on the potential, it is estimated that at least 18 to 36 MW of geothermal power generation capacity could be developed on the island

Fiji aims to make the Conference of Parties (COP) 23 a visionary COP and build trust and goodwill and ensure a result that demonstrates her commitment to climate action and solidarity with the most vulnerable. Fiji’s Climate Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Deo Saran made the statement while updating the European Heads of Climate Delegations regarding the preparations for the United Nations (UN) Climate Conference (COP23) on November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany. The European Heads of Climate Delegations meeting at Brussels was led by Estonia as the European Union President this year. “We aim for a COP that delivers tangible results and inspires a race to the top of our ambitions in order to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C above pre- industrial level and the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” Mr Saran said.