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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Austrian government led by the young conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, aged only 31, has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council with a programme focused on tackling immigration. The Austrian presidency of the EU, the third following 1998 and 2006, has for its slogan “A Europe that protects”.

Belgium will finance development projects in the three regions of the Sine-Saloum cluster (Kaolack, Fatick and Kaffrine, Centre) worth a total of 26 billion CFA Francs (around €38.7 million), Birima Mangara, Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Planning has announced.

The French Development Agency (AFD) has approved a €8 million grant that will be directed towards the development of the Tendaho geothermal project in Ethiopia. The geothermal project is being implemented by Ethiopian Electric Power, in coordination with Geological Survey of Ethiopia.It is funded by the European Union, through the European Union Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-AITF).

Thursday, 05 July 2018

The negotiations for a new ACP-EU agreement should start after the summer break. The African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries was the first to adopt its negotiating mandate on 30 May, during the ACP Council of Ministers in Lomé. The EU mandate has been approved on 22 June, with limited substantial changes to the Commission’s proposal from December 2017.

The €35 million programme dubbed Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) is funded by the EU as part of the 11th European Development Fund. The programme will be implemented over a four-year period under overall supervision from the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat. Two of the most important technical implementation partners are the International Trade Centre (ITC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

AU Chair President Kagame and EU Commissioner Mimica co-hosted the joint African Union – European Union “Women in Power” side-event at the 31st African Union Summit in Mauritania. Moussa Faki, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, also attended the event.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica is on an official visit to Mauritania tomorrow. He will co-host a joint African Union-European Union side-event on gender equality, and sign two support programmes for Mauritania.

The European Union has approved the payment of 30 million euros to support and accompany Haiti in its program of economic reforms, modernization and revitalization of the functioning of the State through its second state budget support program (2018-20210).

Over the next three years, UK-based Azuri Technologies pay on the go solar company will connect 150,000 Kenyan households to off-grid energy. General Manager East Africa Snehar Shah says the firm is ready to expand its reach with a Sh2 billion commercial debt financing it received early this year.

The ACP Group of States, established by the Georgetown Agreement on 6 June 1975, consists of 79 developing countries composed of 48 from Sub-Sharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific/Oceania region, accounting for a population of more than one billion persons. Within the ACP are 40 of the 48 of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), 37 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and all 15 Land Locked developing Countries (LLDCs) of Africa.