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Monday, 24 October 2016

The Italian Cabinet has approved the proposal put forward by Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni to open three new Embassies: in Niger (Niamey), in Guinea (Conakry) and in the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo). The reopening of the Embassy in Conakry (closed in 1998) follows Guinea’s revived dynamism within the region and the enormous potential of furthering bilateral cooperation. More specifically, the opening of an Embassy in Niamey gives Italy an important operating advantage in the light of the current dynamics in the Sahel region, which could have repercussions on the security of Italy and Europe, and of Niger’s role in stabilising the region.

Senior parliamentary representatives from Cuba and Belgium have confirmed the favorable development of bilateral relations between the two countries and pledged to revive historical ties between the two legislative bodies, diplomatic sources report today.The comments came during the visit to the Belgian Federal Parliament by a Cuban delegation led by vice-president of the National Assembly of the People's Power, Ana Maria Mari Machado.The representatives of the Caribbean nation were received by the President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, Siegfried Bracke, and the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Dirk Van der Maelen.

EU-Africa relations are governed by partially overlapping policy frameworks. The most important ones are the Cotonou Agreement (2000) and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). Both these frameworks include political, economic and development dimensions. The EU is actively working to promote peace and security in Africa and engages with the African Union (AU) in various policy dialogues, including on democracy and human rights.

Friday, 21 October 2016

On November 29, Ministers from the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states (the ACP) will meet in Brussels. There they are expected to agree a set of principles that will determine the ACP’s approach to negotiating a successor arrangement to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. This is the treaty which ends in February 2020, which presently provides the legally binding basis for the ACP’s political, economic, trade and development relationship with Europe.

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe. Solomon Islands Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency Moses Kouni Mose and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic (representing the current EU Presidency) His Excellency Peter Javocyk and Ms Belinda Pyke, Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation, DG-Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission signed the agreement on Friday 7th October in Brussels.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released an online magazine which highlights results of their development agenda. It captures the contribution the Netherlands has made in 2015 to ban poverty and promote sustainable and inclusive growth around the world through the combined agenda for aid, trade and investment. In 2015, the Food and Nutrition Security program directly affected millions of undernourished people. A similar number was also reached indirectly. The Netherlands wishes to structurally support (cumulatively) 32 million people with their malnutrition between 2016 and 2030 and thereby contribute to Global Goal 2: end hunger and eradicate malnutrition.

Today [17/10/2016] Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Cape Verde's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Communities, Mr Luís Felipe Tavares, signed an agreement which will provide €50 million to Cape Verde. The signature took place in the presence of President Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of Cape Verde José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva. Commissioner Neven Mimica said: "The EU will continue to support Cape Verde's government in tackling their challenges, to reduce poverty, make their economy more competitive and strengthen their relationship with the European Union. We have a special partnership with Cape Verde, which is based on the history of our continued support and on our shared values. T

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

A delegation from the group of MPs of the Republic of Germany Federal Assembly for SADC returned on Sunday afternoon, to their country after paying a three-day working visit to Angola, under the strengthening cooperation between the two parliaments. The delegation composed of seven parliamentarians was bid farewell at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport by a group of Angolan MPs and the German ambassador to Angola, Rainer Muller.

The pound is trading at record lows as uncertainty over the financial future of the United Kingdom is spreading across the continent and around the world. Theresa May has indicated that she will trigger Article 50 by March 2017, after which the UK will have two years to officially exit the European Union. So what does it all mean and why has the pound suffered such big losses since June? What does it mean to South Africans? The UK central bank has indicated that they are ready to act and lower interest rates should Brexit cause the economy to slow down.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will lose “an important voice” as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said today. He made the observation as he expressed “great concern” about the EU’s move to adopt a “differentiation” principle to determine support for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Stuart, who was addressing the inaugural EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this morning, said while the region remained “robust” in its determination to seize the opportunities present under various trade agreements, including the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), it was concerned that the change in policy could reduce support to some countries.

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