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Monday, 23 April 2018

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, His Excellency, Mr Andrew Jacobs and Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Her Excellency, Ms Margaret Twomey today handed over equipment valued at approximately F$330,000 (EUR €141,000) to Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) on behalf of the Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project, marking the completion of the four-year project. The assets were part of the EU-funded Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project implemented by the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) to improve the livelihoods of the sugarcane dependent populations, by promoting income generation through sugarcane farming or alternative livelihoods. The equipment included vehicles, hand and electrical tools, training resources, computers, projectors, as well as other office equipment.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, says that since 2013, the union has provided over Euros 30 million for programmes aimed at improving the livelihood of people, who reside in sugar-dependent areas. The support has been provided under the EU’s Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries, Jamaica (AMS 2013) Project, which is being implemented through the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) of the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry. The money has gone towards the repair of roads, the introduction of social programmes, training, provision of sporting facilities, and entrepreneurial support.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

At least sixty-five million Euros is the amount made available by the European Union (EU) to finance the project for Resilience and Food and Nutritional Security Strengthening in Angola (FRESAN), to start being implemented in September. The financing, which is part of the 11th European Development Fund in Angola (EDF), aims at contributing to reducing hunger, poverty and vulnerability to food and nutritional insecurity in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huíla, strengthening sustainable family agriculture in the most affected regions by climate changes.

The German government has pumped about €4 million in a project to conduct research in climate change and sustainable land management use in Zambia. National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) technical expert Michael Phiri said the project is aimed at providing evidence-based advice for decision-makers and stakeholders to improve people’s livelihood in the region. The project called Southern Africa Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land-use (SASSCAL) also aims to contribute to the creation of an African knowledge-based society.

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has urged Sweden to use its position in two major international organizations to highlight the unfair labelling of some of the Community’s Member States as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions”. Speaking at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters during the accreditation ceremony of Sweden’s news Ambassador to the Community, the Secretary-General pointed out that as regional countries try to diversify their economies and build their services sector, some engaged in financial services have been labelled as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions”.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat stands ready to support members, in both advisory and coordination capacities, as they prepare for negotiations of a successor to the Cotonou Agreement. “The Cotonou Partnership Agreement review process provides us a window of opportunity to reposition ourselves better to achieve a new EU-ACP framework that serves us better,” Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said at the Pacific ACP Officials meeting this week. Pacific ACP countries have begun a coordinated approach to the post-Cotonou arrangement negotiations.

The ministry of agriculture yesterday announced new operators and management for the Oshakati and Katima Mulilo abattoirs. “The cost of operating the abattoirs will be N$8 million for Oshakati and N$6 million for Katima Mulilo,” agriculture permanent secretary Percy Misika said in Windhoek yesterday. The abattoirs will be operational by the end of October, and they will be funded by the European Development Fund 11 (EDF).

The European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Agriculture will this year sign a financing agreement amounting to €87 million to support the agriculture sector under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) 2014-20 national indicative programme. Ministry of Finance national authorising officer-agriculture sector Kondwani Gondwe said the financing agreement is expected to be signed by December this year while the implementation of the project will be next year. Mr Gondwe said a bigger portion of the funding will go towards financing for small-scale farmers with concessional loans that will be given through commercial banks.

Thursday, 24 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.