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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Finnish manufacturing firms have expressed interest to invest in Rwanda’s agriculture sector. The investors explored investment opportunities and strategies to forge business ties with local investors last week. While receiving the investors at her office in Kigali, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, pledged government support, adding that there are investment opportunities in agro-processing, packaging, fruit canning, floriculture and coffee processing, among others. The minister said government is seeking more investors in agriculture to help accelerate the sector’s growth, stimulate Rwanda’s economic transformation, and enhance and diversify agro-exports.

For the Council to authorise the European Commission to make a deal on behalf of the EU for a new agreement with Guinea-Bissau, before the expiry of the current protocol, which has been in force since 2014, an independent ex-post assessment (covering the first two years of application of the agreement) and ex-ante assessment has been carried out. According to the final report, outlining the results of this assessment, the protocol in force since 2015 has allowed for catches of 16,042 tonnes of demersal fish and 2,194 tonnes of tuna, 1,407 tonnes of which from the joint management zone (64 per cent of catches of tuna vessels). The contribution of this protocol to the EU market for tuna has been 1 per cent. Meanwhile, in terms of work, the Protocol has helped to create an estimated 497 direct and 240 indirect jobs over the period, divided between the EU and ACP countries.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Last Tuesday, the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture (COMAGRI) approved a resolution, submitted by Socialist MEP Clara Aguilera, rejecting the amendments that the European Commission intends to make to the current EU Plant Protection Law, which would entail changes in the controls on citrus fruit imports from third countries.

Jamaica’s newly appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom George Ramocan is expected to leave for London mid-month to take up his new assignment. This follows an announcement on November 16 by Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, which was really a mere formality as it was obvious to some that he would have been assigned to London from immediately after the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Administration took office in March. So, why did he have to wait another eight months before he was officially announced as the new high commissioner to London? Ramocan blames the delay on procedural matters.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it will disburse $6.6 billion through the African Development Fund (ADF) to African countries in 2016. Speaking at the Final Pledging Session for the ADF 14th Replenishment meeting in Luxemburg November 28, 2016, the President of the Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said four of the five High Five strategies of the Bank were developed and approved by the Board within a period of six months.

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