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Sunday, 20 August 2017

The President is viewing her State Visit to Ghana this week in the spirit of exploring engagement with part of the world with which Malta has had very little contact. Ghana is fast becoming a regional hub for opportunities in other West African markets, in the same way that Malta is being seen as a gateway to the wider Mediterranean and as a bridge to Europe. “Malta is well-known and well-regarded in the North African region, thanks to significant trade and cultural engagement over a long period of time between Malta and our Mediterranean neighbours to the south,” President Coleiro Preca said. “Yet, our historical engagement with sub-Saharan Africa has been less pronounced.

Supporting CARIFORUM firms to leverage the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is at the forefront of the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s work programme as they implement the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union. Over 70 business and Business Support Organisations participated in the specially held workshop at the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association’s (TTMA) Trade and Investment Convention (TIC) on Friday 7th July and a further 90 persons were able to participate via the live streaming.

The European long-distance fleet, grouped in Europêche, has expressed the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of DG Mare, Karmenu Vella, the importance of fisheries agreements with third countries for this fleet and has requested diplomatic support at the highest level to renew the agreement with Guinea-Bissau on fair terms. To renew the agreement with Guinea-Bissau, which ends on November 23, and after the failure of the fourth round of negotiations, Europêche considers it necessary to make the president of the country, José Mario Vaz, understand that its demands are disproportionate and that the renewal would imply a loss for both parties.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) have commenced quality guideline training of bee farmers across the country. Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, the Director, Veterinary and Pest Control Services in the ministry, made the statement on Thursday in Goshen, Nasarawa State.He said the training was aimed at enabling Nigeria meet European Union requirements for export of honey. He added that the training would also help to build the capacity of bee farmers on modern bee keeping practices for them to comply with international standards in honey production.

The Deputy Chairman of the National Council of Ministers, the Minister of Investment, Dr. Moubark Al -Fadil al Mahdi, met Thursday, at his office Mr. Jean-Michel Dumond the ambassador of the European Union to Sudan and discussed with him a number of issues and projects the EU intends to implement in the coming phase, including projects of education support and food security. The meeting also tackled the joint cooperation, the means for coordination with concerned authorities to guarantee the success of these projects.The EU ambassador noted that the program targets six states, including the projects of return of the displaced people toe their villages in Darfur, the projects of the food security, and social development in Kassala state by using the state's agriculture resources.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The United Kingdom (UK) and members of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) have agreed to continue discussions to explore ways to ensure that the existing trade arrangement between the UK and SACU currently governed by the EU-SADC EPA will not be disrupted by the UK’s departure from the EU. This effectively means almost all the terms and conditions of SACU’s current trade agreement with the EU – known as the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) – would be adopted into a new trade arrangement with the UK.

Monday, 24 July 2017

For the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (now the AU), African leaders adopted the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want - a vision for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. One of the defining features of this agenda is the structural transformation of African economies towards achieving shared growth, decent jobs and economic opportunities for all. So far, the structural transformation that shifts productive resources from agriculture and mining to manufacturing - which has helped many countries achieve greater prosperity - has bypassed most African countries. According to a recent International Monetary Fund report, the limited structural transformation in Africa has not translated into more jobs because the manufacturing sector itself requires extensive reform.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fresh from the Conservative Party Summer Parlay in London where he mixed with Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her cabinet, Commonsense Advocate and Nigerian Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce has urged the United Kingdom to remove trade barriers between it and all African nations especially Nigeria and instead, should create the enabling economic atmosphere for direct trade deals with the African nations. Senator Bruce made the call while delivering a speech in Kampala, Uganda, alongside

Two agreements, namely on the establishment of the France Development Agency (AFD) in Angola and another one relating to the financing of water projects, were signed last Friday, in Luanda. The first agreement was signed by the Finance minister, Archer Mangueira, and by the French ambassador, Silvain Itté. This agreement is aimed at enabling the AFD to officially in Angola and work in financing projects linked to the areas of waters, energy and agriculture. The second agreement was signed by minister Archer Mangueira and the resident representative of the World Bank in Angola, Clara de Sousa, as well as the director of the France Development Agency (AFD), Martha Stein- Scochas.

The MEP said support for Britain leaving the European Union is surging in Africa, where regulations from Brussels are wildly unpopular. He said EU tariffs imposed on, for example, tomato sauce but not on tomatoes themselves reduce the opportunities Africa has to trade successfully with Europe. Instead, African countries are forced to export basic ingredients, losing out to more lucrative products due to the cost of exporting them. With Britain laving the EU, African states will enjoy a greater variety of what it can export to the country. In exchange, the UK will benefit from cheaper food, something Mr Hanna said will boost the economy as a whole and help poorer people in particular. Writing for the Telegraph, Mr Hannan said the Brexit tide had long since turned in Africa.

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