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Friday, 18 August 2017

An EU Public Consultation on the External Financing Instruments (EFI) of the European Union has opened from 7 February 2017 until 3 May 2017. The consultation is open to all stakeholders in beneficiary and EU countries: public national and local authorities, non-governmental organisations, academics, development agencies and bodies, think tanks, consultancies, private sector organisations, development banks and citizens. The 11th European Development Fund is also an EFI although not funded by the EU budget. It is as such not part of the MFF but it covers the same period and is included in the consultation.

Major suppliers from East and West Africa will be present and ready for European partnerships during Fruit Logistica 2017. Three CBI Pavilions will help to match European companies with both new and experienced suppliers from developing countries. CBI sector experts will be available to answer specific questions from visitors and to help find the right match between Exporters and importers. The CBI exhibitors can provide sources for a range of fresh produce including pineapples, mangoes, exotic fruits, African yams, sweet potatoes, okra, French beans and more. The African countries which are represented claim that they can deliver fresh off-season fruits and vegetables to Europe, as well as a wide range of exotics.

Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee- Scoon has urged the business and manufacturing sectors to fully exploit the export opportunities available under the CARIFORUM- EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Her entreaty was made at the TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce breakfast seminar on maximising export potential to the European Union through the EPA. Gopee-Scoon noted that for Trinidad and Tobago ‘one of the main objectives of the Agreement is to encourage exports of non-energy goods to the EU market.’

WTO members gave their initial review on 24 January to a new paper from the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDC Group) regarding principles and elements for new multilateral disciplines on fisheries subsidies and further reviewed another three proposals from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, the European Union, and six Latin American countries. All four initiatives seek to achieve the 2020 targets set out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).SGD Goal 14.6 calls for prohibiting certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminating subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and refraining from introducing new such subsidies, by 2020.

“The humanity of the world can be measured against the fate of Africa,” declared Horst Köhler, the former German president, more than 10 years ago. Germany is now making the African continent a focus of its G20 presidency. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development published a draft report called, “Cornerstones of a Marshall Plan with Africa,” advocating for a new partnership between Africa and Europe. Ten starting points have been put forward for discussion, mainly focusing on youth, employment, private sector engagement, African ownership and solutions. The Ministry is encouraging an open discussion and is seeking feedback on its Marshall Plan draft until 26 February 2017.

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