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Thursday, 05 May 2016

Caribbean countries have a living bank of marine resources from which they collectively cash out hundreds of millions of dollars a year to support emerging national economies by providing good jobs, food and foreign exchange, among other benefits. However, in order to remain active and competitive in the global marketplace, countries have had to find ways to surmount the challenges posed by stringent international standards called sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, for food safety and for protection against diseases carried animals and plants. Under an EU-funded SPS Measures Project, the ability of Caribbean countries to effectively address those challenges is being strengthened (...)

The first-ever EU fisheries agreement with Liberia and its associated implementation protocol were signed and entered into provisional application in December 2015. Their conclusion is now subject to approval by the European Parliament in a plenary vote. Atlantic tropical tunas are highly migratory species and, consequently, fishing vessels targeting them endeavour to follow their migration across the waters of different coastal countries and on the high seas. Liberia's waters are located on the migration path of three key tropical tuna species: yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack.

Of all the fisheries partnership agreements currently in force, the EU-Mauritania agreement is by far the most significant in economic terms. A new protocol, setting the details for implementation of the agreement over the coming four years, was signed and entered into provisional application in November 2015. Parliament's consent is now required for the conclusion of this protocol. The first fisheries agreement with Mauritania was concluded in 1987, as a continuation of the pre-accession arrangements of Spain and Portugal with Mauritania. It was reshaped into a cooperation agreement in 1996.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Projects in Senegal helping disabled schoolchildren and rescuing street kids have appealed for a continuation of their EU funding, as Brussels officials fly in for a summit in the capital, Dakar, with leaders of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations on Thursday (28 April). EU Development and Cooperation Commission Neven Mimica arrived on Tuesday (26 April) for a summit with the leaders and ministers of the largely-poor 89 ACP states, which alternates between Brussels and ACP host cities.

In a wide-ranging interview, Commissioner Neven Mimica tells EurActiv.com’s Matthew Tempest about the executive’s master plan for legal migration, as well as the limits of development aid to African states in the rough. With regards to the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (aimed at stemming irregular migration from Africa to Europe), can I put a simple proposition to you? That no matter how much you put in (currently €1.8 billion), these are some of the poorest countries on the planet, and it is not going to reduce the ‘pull factor’ of Europe."Yes, they are the poorest. 1.8 billion might not be the game-changer.

Foreign ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the British foreign secretary ended two sessions of “frank and cordial” talks in Freeport, The Bahamas at the Ninth Caribbean-UK Forum. Co-chairs Fred Mitchell, foreign minister of The Bahamas, and Phillip Hammond, UK foreign secretary, both expressed their satisfaction at the discussions during a press conference on Saturday at the end of the biennial Forum.

Monday, 02 May 2016

The Government’s development strategy is to be further advanced with another allotment of $10.1 million in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The sum has been provided under the Technical Cooperation Facility IV project, which aims to contribute to the implementation of the Jamaican Government’s development strategy, through support to programmes financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) and a coherent and informed approach to development and trade issues. The main purpose of the project is to identify, formulate and implement programmes financed under the EDF and other European Union (EU) funds.

Papua New Guinea is ready to host the 8th ACP Heads of State and Government Summit to be held in Port Moresby from 30 May to 1 June 2016. In an interview with PACNEWS in Dakar, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato said he has assured colleagues at the 103rd Session of the ACP Council of Ministers that the Leaders will be looked after in a true Pacific Way. “PNG is honoured; we see this as a privilege to bring a major event representing 79 countries of member states of the ACP which will come from Africa, Caribbean and off-course our own Leaders from the Pacific Islands.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

The European Union (EU) says it has earmarked N2.5 billion to support and improve the standard and quality of four Nigerian agricultural products. Mr Filippo Amato, the Counsellor and Head of Trade and Economics Section of EU, disclosed this at a National workshop on the Development of Standards and Engagement of the Private Sector, in Abuja on Thursday. The workshop with theme, 'Standards and Quality-Unleashing the Potentials of Agricultural Products to Grow Non-Oil Exports in Nigeria’, was organised by EU in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

The EU has a long history of supporting Senegal, particularly in the areas of security, trade, fisheries and development, in line with the country's own development priorities. Senegal is located at the extreme west of sub-Saharan Africa. Senegal is a least developed country (LDC), with an incidence of poverty as high as 48%. Senegal is the fourth economy in the West African sub-region. The majority of Senegal´s population (55%) live in rural areas, with 60% of the working population relying on agriculture, livestock and fisheries, which only generates 13% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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