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Saturday, 18 November 2017

In order to promote socio-economic activities in Niger Delta and promote peace through increased access to safe and sustainable water supply, the European Union has released 20 million euros to the region. ‎This was revealed recently in Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom State capital during a media dialogue on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) by UNICEF WASH specialist, Engr. Moustapha Niang. He said the project which is called the Niger Delta Support Project (NDSP) is a five-year project aimed at mitigating the conflict in the Niger-delta region by addressing causes of non-availability of potable water and bring lasting solutions.

Discussions at the joint meeting on Development Finance Co-operation held in Brussels of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) underscored the need for unlocking complementary finance flows from a broader range of sources to tap into available resources. A statement from the Department of Information on September 28 said Fiji's head of mission to the EU based in Brussels, ambassador Deo Saran chaired a session on international tax collaboration and updated the participants on relevant domestic and international actions, including in the area of climate change.

The European Union Pacific staff took to the beach at My Suva Park on October 3rd for a cleanup campaign. EU Ambassador to Fiji Julian Wilson says every year millions of tons of trash end up in the oceans and the EU and Fiji are determined to prevent the bleak prospect of that becoming a reality.

Botswana president Ian Khama landed in Malta on 1 October for a state visit, during which, Malta and Botswana signed a double taxation avoidance agreement. He was welcomed by Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela. During his visit, Khama will be holding talks with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Speaker Anglu Farrugia, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

The Financing Conference for the Global Partnership for Education will take place in Dakar on 8 February 2018. The financing conference seeks to raise $3.1 billion to support the education of hundreds of millions of children across the world and will be co-hosted by France and Senegal. See you in Dakar! Senegal and France will co-host the Financing Conference for the Global Partnership for Education, which will take place on 8 February 2018 in the Senegalese capital.

Monday, 23 October 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