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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Following a key summit held last month, a final document which outlines initial actions to build a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been drafted  by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, which has officially been a partner since the Busan Forum .  The Building Block on SSC and TrC will attempt to produce a “Menu of Practices” and a set of referential guidelines to encourage joint efforts.

During the course of a workshop recently hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, Secretary General Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas recalled the great potential of the ACP Group as an international partner. “We [..] believe that Europe will continually need the ACP to validate its evolving role as a global actor in international relations. As principal donor to the ACP, the EU has access to 79 member countries within its sphere of diplomatic and geopolitical influence.”

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

According to recent reports by Reuters, the EU and Angola are set to reach a deal that will help the African country maintain its economic growth, boost good governance and fight poverty. In the words of José Manuel Durão Barroso,  the President of the European Commission, the new agreement, called the EU-Angola Joint Way Forward, is intended to “launch a permanent process of dialogue and cooperation between the two regions”.

Some of the most commented headlines from around the web last week focused on ACP-EU issues, notably on Africa. All seem to succumb Africa’s attractiveness:  Ritesh Kumar Singh and Sudhakar Kasture, experts in international trade,  say  that the economic slowdown is leading the EU and the US to resort to non-tariff barriers, with the aim of restricting imports into their territories and protect local employment. As emerging economies such as India and China  continue to see growth in their manufacturing sectors, “resource-rich Africa” appears to be catching the attention of global players as prospective strategic partner. “Gradually, Africa has stopped being considered as a dark continent and everybody wants a pie of the African market”, they state.
One may link these statements to the latest declarations of Benjamin W. Mkapa, the former president of Tanzania and Chairperson of the South Centre, who (again) expressed doubts over whether or not EPA negotiations were driven by European interests.  This week, he goes deeper and presents the three possible scenarios for EU-EAC negotiations and the consequences thereof.  The elimination of tariffs on 80 per cent of trade, restrictions on the use of export taxes and quantitative restrictions, as well as the standstill clause will result in nothing less than Africa becoming a perpetual supplier of raw materials.
Recent reports on the EU-Pacific relations seem more optimistic. As Pacific Islands are an alarming case of the adverse effects of climate change where rising sea levels have an impact upon every aspect of citizens' lives and hamper the economic development, the EU aims to develop a more comprehensive partnership, as this would successfully address issues of global importance, such as climate change, and which would go beyond the “mere” donor-recipient relationship currently in place.

Monday, 23 April 2012

European Parliament
-23/24 April: Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
-23/24 April: Committee on Foreign Affairs
-23/24 April: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
-23/24 April: Committee on Fisheries
-24/25 April: Committee on International Trade
-24/25 April: Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Council of Ministers
-25 April: COREPER I
-25 April: COREPER II
-24 April : General Affairs Council (GAC) (Luxembourg)
ACP Group
-23/24 April: 2nd Meeting of Experts in charge of ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration
-25 April: Meeting of the ACP-EC Development Finance Cooperation
-25 April: W/G on the Future perspectives of the ACP Group
-25 April: African Union
-26/27 April:  SEDT Department
Research events
-23/24 April: 7th Regional Briefing “Building resilience in small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities” (Mauritius)
-23/27 April: The 10th meeting of the International Resource Panel

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Several weeks ago, the Brussels development Briefing on Small Island economies was held with great success. As a follow-up, the CTA and its partners, and in collaboration with the Mauritius Government, are organising the 7th Regional Development Briefing. The event, which  will be held in Mauritius  on 23-24th April 2012, will gather representatives from the Pacific, the Caribbean and Africa to exchange views and identify what urgent and concrete policy actions of common interest need to be in place.
The Briefing will be intended to share knowledge on the main challenges and opportunities of the small island economies, notably in key areas such as trade, climate change and natural disasters, as well as new economic opportunities for rural areas (new markets, green growth, services, ICTS...).
The Regional Briefings are linked to the Brussels Development Briefings that CTA, the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat , Concord (the Platform of European Development NGOs) as well as various media partners, organise every two months since 2007 on key issues affecting Rural Development.

The event will be webstreamed live

Friday, 20 April 2012

Several weeks ago we raised awareness of some of the declarations made by Benjamin W. Mkapa, the former president of Tanzania and Chairperson of the South Centre, on EPA negotiations with the East African Community. Mr Mkapa expressed doubts over whether or not these were driven by European interests.  This week, he goes deeper and presents the three possible scenarios for EU-EAC negotiations and the consequences thereof.  According to his analysis, the elimination of tariffs on 80 per cent of trade, restrictions on the use of export taxes and quantitative restrictions, as well as the standstill clause will result in nothing less than Africa becoming a perpetual supplier of raw materials.

According to recent reports, Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, will visit Ivory Coast this week.  He is to meet with President Alassane Ouattara and the Prime Minister, Jeannot Kouadio-Ahoussou, to relaunch political dialogue; jointly identify priority sectors for cooperation; and discuss key challenges facing the country. It is expected that Mr. Piebalgs will meet with several other members of the government and will inaugurate an EU-funded water and sanitation programme.

According to recent reports by the European Parliament Press service, MEPs have agreed on forest protection agreements with the Central African Republic and Liberia, two countries which possess significant shares of Africa's rain forests.  The main aim is to help the African states halt illegal logging and the degradation of rain forests.

With the support of both the European Commission Information Society and Media, and the African Union, the Republic of Tanzania will host the seventh annual IST-Africa 2012 Conference and Exhibition. This event, which will take place on 9th -11th May,  2012,  will focus  on the Role of ICT for Africa’s Development and  bring delegates from well accredited commercial, government and research organizations.