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Monday, 20 November 2017

e British diplomatic corps is in a state of shock. Overnight, Great Britain has been reduced to Little England and the country's global stature has shrunk by a fraction far greater than the economic losses registered on the London Stock Exchange -- or even the plummeting value of the pound sterling. Perhaps more than anyone else, Britain's ambassadors, military and commercial attachés, and heads of aid missions in Africa are painfully aware that the Union Jack so gleefully waved by the champions of the "Leave" campaign will soon become a historical relic.

The 12 English-speaking independent countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have, at the most, two years to formulate a plan for dealing with the serious consequences of the British Exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU). Indeed, the time may be less if the current mood of the leadership of the EU intensifies. They want Britain gone “as soon as possible”. The presidents of the European council, commission and parliament – Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz respectively – and Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, are reported as saying any delay to Britain’s exit would “unnecessarily prolong uncertainty”.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles has warned the region to brace for the impact of the United Kingdom’s (UK) break with the European Union (EU), as he predicted that every aspect of life in the Caribbean will be negatively affected. The Brexit (British exit) vote last Thursday has already caused ripples across the world, with the value of the pound falling and stock markets dipping among the immediate effects.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

ACP Secretariat

27-30 June: Steering Committee

28 June: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors

28 June: Subcommittee on Political, Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Affairs

30 June: Committee of Ambassadors

European Parliament

27-30 June: European Parliament Committee Meetings

Other events

27 June: InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: How to scale-up evergreen agriculture to increase food security, restore ecosystems and build resilience to climate change

28 June: InfoPoint Conférence de midi: Agriculture & Déforestation en RD Congo

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Friday, 24 June 2016

The Brussels Development Briefing n.45 on the subject of “Affordable smart farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for African agriculture” will be  held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 13th July 2016 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center, Room 1.A (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels).  This Briefing is being organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD, CEMA, Agricord and the PanAfrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO).