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Friday, 15 December 2017

On Friday 29 September 2017, the Minister of Economy and Finance signed two financing agreements with Ambassador Gerardus Gielen, Head of the European Union Delegation in Guinea, as part of the third phase of the Security Sector Reform Support Programme and the Transport Governance Support Project in Guinea. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Minister of State for Security and Civil Protection Abdoul Kabele Camara, Minister of the Environment, Water and Forests Assiatou Baldé, and the Secretaries-General of the Ministries of Transport, Technical Education, Vocational Training, Employment and Labour.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Embassy of Dominica in Brussels (member of the Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States) is working closely with the EU Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), to trigger the EU’s emergency response system to assist Dominica by providing both monetary and material aid for hurricane relief. The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) is providing EC$806,000 (250,000 Euros) in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island on Sep. 19.

Moving ahead with the EIP's rapid implementation, the first Strategic Board of the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) met in Brussels on 28 September, on the same day that the entry into force of the regulation establishing the European Fund for Sustainable Development. The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) is the heart piece of the EU's new External Investment Plan (EIP). Its role is to help boosting private and public investment in our partner countries to address some of the obstacles to growth and some root reasons for irregular migration.

Exports to the European market have risen by 74% in six years. But other obstacles remain to be overcome. Madagascar has a trade surplus, selling more products in Europe than it imports. Madagascar’s exports rose from €499.5 million in 2012 to more than €875 million in 2016. Imports from the European Union account for less than 20% of total imports to Madagascar, according to figures from both the Ministry of Trade and Consumer Affairs, and the European Union Delegation in Madagascar.

Following the recent hurricane season and the experienced damage in the Caribbean, France has decided to move forward with stronger support for the geothermal project in St. Kitts, as reported by the Caribbean News Service. In a meeting this past weekend, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris and Ian Liburd, Minister for Public Infrastructure held bilateral meetings with the Ambassador of France to St. Kitts and Nevis. The meeting was also attended by French Foreign Trade Advisor, Jacques Chouraki, also the President of Teranov Geothermal Energy. The company has been working on establishing the geothermal potential on St. Kitts together with the government. In its studies on the potential, it is estimated that at least 18 to 36 MW of geothermal power generation capacity could be developed on the island

Fiji aims to make the Conference of Parties (COP) 23 a visionary COP and build trust and goodwill and ensure a result that demonstrates her commitment to climate action and solidarity with the most vulnerable. Fiji’s Climate Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Deo Saran made the statement while updating the European Heads of Climate Delegations regarding the preparations for the United Nations (UN) Climate Conference (COP23) on November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany. The European Heads of Climate Delegations meeting at Brussels was led by Estonia as the European Union President this year. “We aim for a COP that delivers tangible results and inspires a race to the top of our ambitions in order to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C above pre- industrial level and the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” Mr Saran said.

The agents responsible for the management and implementation of European Development Fund (EDF) resources in Central Africa are meeting to discuss this subject in Douala. The overall objective of the meeting, which began in Douala on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and runs until Thursday, is to inform stakeholders on the important changes in relations with the European Union (EU). At the same time, this consultation, which brings together the heads of the support unit for EDF National and Regional Authorising Officers from CEMAC and ECCAS countries, aims to formulate actions to make the most of the partnership with the EU, and to find ways of substantially improving the absorption of available resources.

The German Ambassador to Haiti, Manfred Auster, who took up his post around 12 months ago, on Thursday outlined the achievements of cooperation between Germany and Haiti since 2010. In that period, Germany has invested €115 million – or $135 million – in various projects in Haiti. Standing alongside representatives of German and Haitian organisations, the Ambassador underlined the financial and moral support given to the world’s first independent black republic. Ambassador Manfred Auster repeatedly underlined the strength of diplomatic ties between Haiti and Germany over the past ten years. Europe’s strongest economy has invested €115 million or $135 million in various projects in Haiti.

The new European Union Head of delegation to Uganda Attilio Pacifici has promised to focus on strategies for strengthening the Private Sector in Uganda as a catalyst for development. Amb Pacifici was yesterday presenting working copies of his credentials to minister of foreign affairs Sam Kutesa at the Ministry in Kampala. Pacifici said he was looking forward to working with the Government of Uganda to further strengthen relations with the European Union. He replaces Amb. Kristian Schmidt whose tenure ended in July 2017.

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Gambia Government through the office of the Vice President and the Ministry of Women's Affairs, in close partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, has launched a 4.4 million Euro project entitled, "Improving Food Security and Nutrition in the Gambia, Through Food Fortification. The event was held on Tuesday 26th September 2017, at a local hotel in Senegambia. The multi million Euro project is funded by the European Union and aims to improve nutrition and health outcomes of vulnerable women and children in the Gambia, especially women, girls and children in the North Bank and Central River regions of the country.