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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Agricultural growth in Africa is still “fragile” and unable to improve living conditions. This and other conclusions were reached by the Montpellier Panel, a group of leading experts in the fields of agriculture, trade and sustainable development, and who have also called upon world leaders to help make the continent’s growth more resilient and sustainable.  The Panel stressed the necessity of focusing on several points, namely reducing price volatility, building "climate-smart" agriculture, improving nutrition and paying special attention to rural women and youth.

Following a meeting of  the Portuguese-speaking Countries Community (CPLP) , which was held in Luanda last week, Alexandra Carvalho, the director of International Relations Office of the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, assessed as ‘positive’ and ‘healthy’ the level of bilateral cooperation between Angola and Portugal concerning the environment sector.

Following weeks of tension,  8 members of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the EP is in Kenya for a progress review on the EPAS with the East African Community (EAC). The main objective of the team, which will be in meeting in Nairobi for 3 days, is to unlock negotiations that have led much debate since they were introduced in 2002.

In January, CTA Brussels informed of the Written Declaration on Science Capacity Building in Africa which had been launched by five members of the European Parliament.  Following the adoption of the written declaration by the European Parliament  in plenary session last week, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has stated that “[ this] represents a commitment by the European Parliament to work with Africa to ensure that the full potential of science and technology is harnessed to contribute to sustainable growth and development on both continents”.

In the course of the last Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which was held last week, ministers adopted conclusions on the EU's approach to trade, growth and development for the next decade. The Foreign Affairs Council stressed that openness to international trade is key to sustaining inclusive growth and poverty reduction in developing countries, just as keeping its markets open is key to Europe’s economic growth and welfare.