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Saturday, 23 September 2017

20 Agronomists have been certified by GhanaVeg through Wageningen University & Research for successfully graduating from the first GhanaVeg Agronomy Training of Trainers. The Graduation ceremony took place at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel on February 16, during the GhanaVeg Business Platform Meeting. Certificates were handed out to the graduates by the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker. The training assists the agronomists to train a at least 2.000 farmers in their localities; increasing their yields and incomes. The GhanaVeg Agronomy training has been designed to improve farmer productivity and post-harvest management. The 1-year in-depth Training Course focused on 6 key areas: seedling production, crop protection, spray techniques, irrigation and fertilization, production planning and adult learning.

Guyana says it will sign the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) under the European Union Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (EU/FLEGT) initiative, which Georgetown adopted in 2003. The VPA will result in Guyana having access to more lucrative markets in the European Union (EU) for its timber products. It will also see improved governance at all levels, more revenues, capacity building, international recognition and reform policies and laws where needed. Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), James Singh, said upon the completion of the agreement between Guyana and the EU, the VPA will be used as a legal binding agreement. “I am happy to report that before the course of this year, before June we will be able to sign the initial agreement.

Africa is ready to take its place on the world stage, as the poultry industry is evolving, from a national and regional basis to a more global platform, according to RaboResearch’s latest report ‘Time for Africa: Capturing the African Poultry Investment Opportunity’.The year-on-year growth in the global poultry markets is set to continue: a demand growth of more than 60% is expected over the next 20 years. This leads to significant global investment streams in an industry that is evolving, from a national and regional basis to a more global platform. Most recent investments have focused on Europe, the Americas and Asia, driven by bullish market circumstances. Africa has attracted relatively limited investor interest. But this is changing.

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is creating greater awareness of tourism in the South Pacific Islands region across Europe, through a series of marketing events over the next two months. Meet the Pacific is a series of one-day business-to- business meetings that’s held across five European cities, namely Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Zurich and Manchester from 22 February to 6 March. It creates the opportune platform for Pacific tourism suppliers to meet with key European tour operators (buyers) who are committed to or interested in selling the South Pacific as a destination to their clients. “Meet The Pacific is a great way for South Pacific tourism bodies and operators to meet with key industry buyers in Europe in a short period of time, and maximize their resources with maximum impact for their particular destinations, product and service offerings,” said SPTO Marketing Manager Alisi Lutu.

The Africa Fiscal Forum encouraged peer learning and South-South sharing of experience and was an excellent opportunity for dialogue with partners of EU budget support. The 5th Africa Fiscal Forum took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 7-8 February, organised by the Government of Cameroon, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission. It brought together senior officials from Ministries of Finance of more than 30 countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. Officials from DG TAXUD and DEVCO participated in the event and the EU Ambassador to Cameroon gave an opening speech. Under the heading of "Fiscal Policy under Stress" participants discussed issues related to adjustment to large falls in commodity prices, finding the right balance between spending to close the infrastructure gap and fiscal consolidation to avoid new debt crisis, mobilising more domestic resources and strengthening public investment management.