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Saturday, 21 October 2017

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).

The director of the Antigua & Barbuda Bureau of Standards said the twin island state has benefitted immensely from a regional programme funded by the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), which was centred on the building of the region’s capabilities in the several areas of quality infrastructure, and using these competences as a means of managing and reducing barriers to trade. The 10th EDF Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) programme concluded yesterday after a five-year lifespan. Dianne Lalla Rodrigues said the bureau of standards was able to develop a strategic plan to guide the functions of the bureau and provide training in technical areas, mass and temperature, the acquisition of equipment and a marketing and promotion plan, which is nearing completion.

The High Representative/Vice President, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, concluded an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the visit was to strengthen ties and boost partnership with the African Union on common areas of cooperation. In this respect, they met with the new leader of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat who took up office just two days ago. Remarks following her press point with Moussa Faki Mahamat are available here. The EU announced new financial support for the Horn of Africa region as well as for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The Brexit question as seen by the small and poor group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is far simpler – and potentially far more lethal – than those the more usual Brexit debate engages with. It belongs less to debate on knock-on effects rolling into the future than to questions of physical survival here and now. When a fifth of Fiji exports head for the UK, when a Caribbean island lives off bananas sold to Britain, new spokes in buying and selling can hit the people, and even all of the people, of a small nation. The more so when Britain is not just a large market in itself but a gateway to the European Union for many of the exports from small countries, none more than sugar and bananas.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday accredited a new Ambassador of the European Union (EU), with the new envoy advocating for the relationship to more effectively advance a common agenda in global and multilateral fora. In presenting her letters of credence to the CARICOM secretary-general Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Daniela Tramacere pledged that in the face of “populism on both shores of the Atlantic,” the EU will continue to foster political dialogue with the Region. The new EU Ambassador was accredited at a simple ceremony in the office of the secretary-general at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.