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Monday, 23 October 2017

The European Union has reaffirmed its commitment to a renewed co-operation with the African nations beyond 2020, with the focus on eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, taming high unemployment rates, achieving peace and stability and managing the migrant crisis. The renewed partnership under the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement seeks to strengthen political ties and consolidate existing trade agreements among member states. Klaus Rudischhauser, European Commission's director-general for International Co-operation and Development told reporters during the Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Nairobi last week.

The West India Biscuit Company Limited (WIBISCO), widely known for their baked goods such as biscuits and cookies, copped the Caribbean Exporter of the Year Award last night at the 2nd Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards. The Awards event held this year at the Hilton, Barbados Resort on the evening of December 5, 2016 hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and funded by the European Union (EU) via the 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme, aims to recognise and promote the contributions of outstanding exporters to the region’s economy.

Thursday, 08 December 2016

Together the European Union and its Member States provide over 50 % of all global development aid, making them the world’s largest donors of official development assistance (ODA). In 2015, the EU’s collective ODA amounted to €68 billion.1 As one of the oldest external activities of the European Communities, development policy was originally focused on former colonies of Member States; but it now covers some 160 countries around the world – whilst also putting strong emphasis on support to the poorest countries. Today’s EU development policy is guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, see following graphic) agreed at United Nations (UN) level in 2015.

The European Union (EU) is urging the local private sector to take full advantage of the Economic Partnership Agreement signed between countries in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the EU. Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that of the 14 countries which signed the EPA, only the Dominican Republic is benefiting from the Agreement, which is designed to ensure that trade is freer and fairer between the Caribbean and European countries. She questioned why Jamaica was not benefiting more from the Agreement, and committed to helping the private sector to leverage the investments in trade within European markets.

A five-year project aimed to support farmers' groups in Arusha and Manyara regions to enable them to improve agricultural productivity was launched here last week with the partner organisations involved optimistic on its success. The cost of the project is euro 1,058,000, according to the communications officer with the Tanzania Horticultural Association ( Taha), Ms Adda Ngoya The official launch of Cooperation Agreement attracted four organisations which will support implementation of the project titled 'Strengthening Farmers' Organisations for Sustainable Agricultural Development'. Besides Taha, others are Trias Tanzania, Andreas Hermes Akademie (Aha), a German institution. Aha is a German farmer-based agri-agency and capacity-building institution.