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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

What kind of relations will Europe build with African, Caribbean and Pacific states? Will the governments of developing countries respect democracy more? On the occasion of the meeting in Windhoek in Namibia between parliamentary representatives from the ACP countries and the EU, we met a former European Commissioner for Development, MEP Louis Michel. Louis Michel, hello. We have collected a lot of questions for you. Let's start straight away. The first comes from an NGO. Mr Michel, we believe that one of the required conditions for ending the risky departures of Africans towards hypothetical paradises lies in the reform of global economic governance and the end of wars.

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at its 31th session that closed on Wednesday, June 15, in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, agreed on several resolutions including urgent initiatives to improve the deplorable situation of migrants and refugees within the EU or immigrants en-route to Europe. The assembly also expressed he urgent need to see an end to rape and violence against women and children in armed conflicts.

There is a need to devise extensive strategies on how to deal with the adverse effects of climate change, former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has said. Chissano made the remarks last Wednesday during the 31st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations and European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA). He said climate change continues to pose major threats to the development of countries globally, and have far-reaching consequences on weather patterns in some countries.

South Africa's renowned Rooibos Tea has secured geographic indicator status in a pact with the European Union (EU), Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Friday. "Geographical Indications (GIs) are recognition that the use of a particular name, which is usually derived from some place name, that this is exclusively for producers who come from that area," the minister told a media briefing at Parliament in Cape Town.

The African Caribbean Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) has hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for transforming Kenya, and specifically for putting in place a strong economic agenda that will ensure the country's sustained growth for years to come. The ACP Committee of Ambassadors Friday said they have been keenly following the progress the country is making in transforming its economy and the role it is playing in fostering regional integration.