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Saturday, 22 September 2018

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a $25 million financing plan for the installation of off-grid solar systems, to strengthen energy access in Africa. EIB vice president, Ambroise Fayolle, announced the project at the 6th African CEO Forum in Abijan, Cote ‘Ivoire and stated the focus countries are; Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda. The project will boost power delivery to both rural and suburban populations. The bank will be working with d.light Design to supply energy through solar kits rather than through grid connection.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union is gearing up to provide grant funds to the CARIFORUM private sector. Over the next few months, Caribbean Export will be sensitising businesses and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across the region on the process to apply under the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) – a reimbursement grant funding facility specifically designed to provide financial assistance to legally registered firms and individuals with the potential to export their products and services – ahead of the open call for proposals on April 23.

The EU will put migration and security at the heart of its agenda in talks on a successor to the Cotonou Agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific nations (ACP), a leading EU official said on Monday (26 March). “The EU’s new partnership with Africa must do more with migration [policy]. We must partner with Africa to fight trafficking and migrant smuggling,” said Koen Vervaeke, managing director for Africa at the European External Action Service (EEAS) at the Chatham House think-tank in London.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

ACP Secretariat

20 March: ACP Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment
20 March: ACP Parliamentary Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
20 March: ACP Parliamentary Committee on Political Affairs
20 March: Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
21 March: 49th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
21 March: 75th Meeting of the ACP-EU Subcommittee on Trade Cooperation
21 March: Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
22 March: Committee on Political Affairs
22 March: Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
22 March: Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment

European Parliament

19-22 March: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Council

19 March: Foreign Affairs Council
19 March: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
20 March: General Affairs Council
21 March: Coreper I
22-23 March: European Council

Other Events

22 March: World Water Day
22 March: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Water and Sanitation: Women, Youth and Inequalities

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The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 50 on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities” will take place on 10 April 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing is organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD .