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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Last Friday in Dakar, the Senegalese government and the EU signed three financial agreements worth over 15 billion CFA Francs for domestic security, transport and the Programme for Competitiveness in West Africa (PCAO). The agreements were signed by Finance Minister Amadou Bâ and the EU ambassador to Senegal, Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay. “The first injection, of 6.5 billion CFA Francs, is earmarked for cooperation on internal security between Senegal and the European Union,” said Amadou Bâ.

At the docks in Abidjan, Bolloré Transport & Logistics has installed new equipment which will allow the group to stock and package loose cocoa beans, a technique that has made a significant comeback in the cocoa business. On 20th February, the French group Bolloré Transport & Logistics (BTL) opened a new 10,000 square metre storage facility and a packing facility for the export of cocoa beans.

On Friday 13th April 2018, the governor of the Hauts-Bassins region, Antoine Atiou, presided over the official launch ceremony of the ‘Integrated Programme for the Diversification of Production and Improvement of Nutrition in the Hauts-Bassins region’ (PADIS project).This project, financed by the German Ministry of Cooperation and Development BMZ, has been launched by the NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF) in partnership with CBM (Christoffel Blindenmission).

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced plans to expand into sub-Saharan Africa, according to its president Suma Chakrabarti. In addition, he said the bank intended to lend an additional €2.5 to €3 billion on top of the €9.5 billion averaged over the past few years, without having to raise additional capital.

Monday, 23 April 2018

The Caribbean Export Development Agency in cooperation with the European Union is working with the Saint Lucia Trade Promotions Agency (TEPA) to sensitize the local business community on the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS). As a part of its sensitization drive, the agencies hosted a one-day proposal writing workshop for Businesses and Business Support Organizations to increase the awareness and understanding of accessing the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme.