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Monday, 23 October 2017

On 6 December 2016, the Council decided to sign a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Cuba. The Council also decided to provisionally apply parts of the agreement. The agreement will be transmitted to the European Parliament for its consent, in view of its conclusion. It will be signed on 12 December 2016 at 9.30 by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, EU foreign ministers, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said: "We are truly at a turning point in the relations between the EU and Cuba. Together, we are moving towards a closer and more constructive partnership, one that reflects strong historic, economic and cultural ties that unite Europe and Cuba

So far, over 7,000 farmers have been trained and linked to different markets through a 4-year project designed to help farmers market their produce, the Private Sector Federation (PSF) has said. The Rwf4bn Link Farmers to Market Project (LIFAM), to be concluded this year, is financed by the Netherlands government and implemented by PSF, according to Regina Kayitesi, the national project coordinator. She was speaking to The New Times, on Monday, at the closure of a four-day farmers exhibition at Gikondo Expo grounds. The expo, attended by over 200 farmers, was organised by the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock at PSF. The expo was themed "unlocking the potential of Rwandan farmers to markets."

The European Union (EU) on Monday pledged its support for the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government to rebuild some parts of the North East and Niger Delta regions by earmarking 20 million Euros for the reconstruction of markets and warehouses in Borno and Delta States. The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Arrion, who gave the pledge during a visit to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun in her office, said the funds would be offered to the two States in the form of budget support. “Sometime ago, we talked about budget support but we will be able to do that only at the State level, using a special instrument meant for countries emerging from war, and we can look at States in the North East and look at specific projects in terms of financial support to their budgets,” he said.

The second High Level Political Dialogue between the European Union and Fiji under article 8 of the ACP-EU partnership (Cotonou) Agreement was held in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday. The meeting which was a continuation of last year’s dialogue in Suva was opened by Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama. Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific of the European External Action Service, Gunnar Wiegand, outlined priorities for international and regional cooperation with Fiji arising from global challenges such as climate change, oceans and migration.

An official of European Union, John Clarke, has projected Nigeria to be an agricultural powerhouse in 10 years time with the entrepreneurial spirit of the people and its abundant land. Clarke, who is the Director, International and Bilateral Relations of the EU, made the projection at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry International Investment Conference in Lagos. The conference was part of the activities marking the 30th Lagos International Trade Fair organised by the chamber slated for November 4 to 13. Clarke said: “Positive policies geared toward attracting investment into the agricultural sector will make the projection a reality.”