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Friday, 18 August 2017

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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The European Commission has pledged to provide 78 million Euro in emergency aid to help those affected by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Over a million refugees from South Sudan, aid agencies say, have fled the country to neighbouring countries, with the number expected to grow. EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced the funding during a visit to Uganda. "The EU stands by the people of South Sudan who had to escape conflict and violence.

Brexit plans may be proving controversial but a Stranraer dairy has made it open doors for its products. Lactalis, owner of the Caledonian Cheese Company and McLelland Cheese Packing, has agreed deals to supply own label and branded products such as Seriously Strong Cheddar across France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Turkey, North America and South Africa. This means that locally produced products will be sold in stores such as Carrefour and Casino in Europe, Walmart in the USA, Coles in Australia and Woolworths, one of the largest retailers in South Africa. Group MD Mark Taylor said: “Export markets provide a significant opportunity for Lactalis, partly as a result of the weakening of sterling.

As the wheels of Brexit begin slowly to churn into motion, a clearer image is starting to emerge as to what it means for the UK’s trade relations with the rest of the world. While much has been made of Britain’s need to strike deals with major emerging economies like India, China, and Brazil, the appointment of Priti Patel as International Development Secretary – a vocal critic of the department’s focus on aid in the past – signals a shift in emphasis towards a pro-development trade policy for Africa. If handled intelligently this could present a significant opportunity for Britain to hitch its chariot to a region which is set to be the world’s fastest growing over the next century.

The Dutch and Mozambican authorities on Tuesday signed two agreements to improve water supply, under which Holland will provide funding of 13.5 million euros (about 14.5 million US dollars). Signing the agreements were the general director of the Mozambican government's Water Supply Assets and Investment Fund (FIPAG), Pedro Paulino, and the Dutch Deputy Director-General for Development Cooperation, Reina Buijs.