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Friday, 20 October 2017

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 48 on “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa” will take place on Monday 20th March 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be co-organised by CTA, BMZ/GIZ, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Concord.

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The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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Cameroon’s President Paul Biya will pay a two-day state visit to Italy from Monday, the state house in Yaoundé announced. Though the statement by the secretary-general at the Presidency did not give details, observers envisage the signing of major investment deals during the visit. President Biya’s plan comes about a year after his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella paid a similar visit to Yaoundé. The president will be accompanied by the First Lady Chantal Biya to the world’s eighth largest economic power. The visit comes barely a month after the holding in Yaoundé of the maiden Cameroon—Italy business forum.

Target group: All stakeholders Consultation Period: 17/03/2017 to 09/06/2017 As part of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the EU’s GSP, DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd. will conduct a 12-week online public consultation, which will employ the European Commission’s Better Regulation Guidelines. The purpose of this online public consultation is to collect information, views and opinions on the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and relevance of the GSP Regulation. It will further provide stakeholders with the opportunity to give feedback on the scheme’s economic, social, environmental and human rights impact.Regulation (EU) No. 978/2012 forms the legal framework for the current scheme.

The British Government intends to continue providing duty free-quota free access for Fijian-Made goods, after the UK formally exits from the European Union (EU). This was confirmed to Fiji's High Commissioner to UK, Jitoko Tikolevu at the Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting held in London earlier this month where he represented the Fijian Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism. Mr Tikolevu said the assurance given by the British Government provided a lot of certainty to the Fijian exporters. Fijian-Made goods currently enjoy duty free-quota free access in the EU, through the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA).