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Monday, 29 May 2017

Rwanda has no issues signing the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union as the country seeks to expand its exports, tap into the EU development funds and boost foreign investments. Rwanda's exports have been falling over years, and to cushion the economy from further stress on foreign reserves, the country has embarked on an export diversification plan targeting Europe as one of the markets.

Members of the European Parliament are rooting for the extension the October deadline to sign the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between East African Community (EAC) and the EU. The MPs said the move is meant to salvage Kenya after Tanzania and Burundi stood in the way to the realisation of the deal set to give relief from heavy taxes for the country's exports to the EU.Tanzania has refused to sign the agreement while Burundi is at the verge of being sanctioned by the European Union following political instability in the country.

A Fiji village that was battered by a landslide in 2012, slammed by that year's Cyclone Evan and then again by Cyclone Winston, is being relocated. A ground breaking ceremony is being held today at the relocated site of Tuturaki village which was destroyed by the triple disasters. Tuturaki was inland from Lautoka on Viti Levu and is being moved further into the island's interior. The initiative of Fiji's National Disaster Management Office will cost $US289,000 dollars and is being implemented by the Pacific Community. The European Union has also backed the project.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Events

26 July: InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: Managing Marine Protected Areas in ACP countries

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The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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