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Monday, 29 May 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met on Tuesday 21 February with his new Ethiopian colleague Workeneh Gebeyehu. The ministers discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries, that are particularly intense in the fields of commerce, tourism, university and multilateral cooperation. After the recent incidents in Ethiopia, the importance of peace and political dialogue was reiterated, in particular with a view to ensuring the stability of investments. The two Ministers also talked about the regional situation in the Horn of Africa and in Central Africa.

Omidyar Network announced today that it has invested in Landmapp BV, an Amsterdam-based property rights company that enables smallholder farmers to document and protect their land holdings. The investment will help Landmapp to grow its customer base in Ghana, where the company is providing this unique service primarily to cocoa farmers. The transaction also involved participation by HERi Africa, an existing investor in the company. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed. Landmapp was established in 2015 by two Amsterdam-based entrepreneurs, Simon Ulvund and Thomas Vaassen. Landmapp offers a mobile platform that provides smallholder farmer families with documentation of their land. Their first country of operation is Ghana, and Ulvund and Vaassen have plans to expand into other countries following this successful rollout.

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said India was Rwanda's strong development partner. "We in India see ourselves as a strong development partner to Rwanda. We are already cooperating in sectors such as solar electrification, food processing, skill development and hydropower projects," Vice President Hamid Ansari said in an address at the University of Rwanda here. "India's engagement with Africa has its own unique script, based on what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called 'strong emotional link' defined by our shared history of struggle against colonialism and our aspiration to bring prosperity to our people," Ansari said.

Monday, 27 February 2017

European Parliament

27 February 2 March: Committee Meetings

28 February: 3rd reform of the common European asylum system: up for the challenge

01 - 02 March: European Parliament Plenary Session

Council of the EU and European Council

27 February: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council

28 February: Environment Council

21 February: Economic and Financial Affairs Council

01 March: Coreper I and Coreper II

02 March: Coreper II

03 March: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

European Commission

27 February: Stakeholder meeting on a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution including the possible establishment of a multilateral investment court

European Economic and Social Committee

01 March: Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

02 - 03 March: 3rd European Migration Forum

Other events

01 March: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: Digital for Development (D4D) in practice"

03 March: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "Digital Finance for Inclusive and Sustainable Development"

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Interview with Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD


In this week's CTA Brussels video interview, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, explains why regional trade in Africa is a priority for UNCTAD, and what the institution is doing to support regional integration across the continent.

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