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Saturday, 20 January 2018

In an interview conducted by Sudan Vision, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Rahamatullah Osman, sheds light on some key questions regarding Sudan-EU relations. Speaking of the COTONOU Agreement, he underlines that Sudan did not sign amendments to this, as these clashed with the Sudan policy. “Our relations with Europe follow two tracks. Collective, that is with the EU as a group and direct, that is between us and the EU members. It is true that our relations with EU are not satisfactory and have faced some obstacles”.  At the bilateral level, however, he states that Sudan continues to interact with EU member states:  “The Foreign Minister has visited many EU countries such as Portugal, Spain, England, France, Italy, Germany and Austria”.

What are the prospects for EU development aid? One article recently published by Worldandmedia reviews how the economic crisis may lead to cuts to EU development aid. Although a number of European leaders reaffirmed their aid pledges in June, 2011, some countries, have decreased their development budget.

Responding to calls for assistance from the Sahel countries, which are affected by the looming  food crisis, the European Union's Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, visits this week Niger and Chad, two of the five Sahel countries (including Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania) most at risk of major food shortages over the coming months. "This is the third time in a decade that this region has fallen into crisis. Every year we save more than 200,000 children from severe acute malnutrition but we must and will go further", she has said.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

European Parliament
-6/19 January: European Parliament plenary session (Strasbourg)
ACP Group
-19 January: Committee of Ambassadors of ACP Group
-20 January: S/C on Sustainable Development

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The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 22 February 2012 and will be organised in partnership with the African Union, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
The Briefing will provide an overview of the main challenges affecting the pastoralists, especially in the ACP countries, and the opportunities provided by existing continental and regional policy frameworks and processes. It will then focus on sharing good practices and experiences from the field across regions. We will also identify what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to increase support pastoralism.
The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French. To learn more, to register for the Briefing and to follow the webstream on22 February (from 8h30 a.m. to13.00 p.m. CET) please visit brusselsbriefings.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

In the light of the outcomes of the last elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the European Union (EU) might suspend cooperation with the African country. As EU election observers report, there have been several irregularities in the course of the Congolose presidential polls.  According to an EU spokesman, Maja Kocijancic, the EU could invoke article 96 of the Cotonou agreement. 

The European Commission will give additional support (€52 million) to Ghana  to reduce maternal mortality and achieve the MDG 5 targets. The European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs  says that “[it] will make a major contribution to the fight against poverty”. This support is part of the additional  funding  to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries aimed to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Zambia's Ambassador to the EU, ACP and Benelux countries, Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, whose tour of duty has recently come to an end, bid farewell to ACP Secretary-General, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas. According to this latter, during her mandate, though short, she brought wisdom and experience to the table.

The Parliament will elect a new President as well as the 14 new Vice-Presidents and Quaestors at the first plenary session of 2012, that will take place on 16-19 January. Current office-holders can be confirmed for a second mandate. All elected offices are renewed every two and half years, so once in the 5-year legislative term.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

In the era of the ‘post’-Washington Consensus, Aid for Trade (AfT) has become as one of the most popular and widespread forms of support to low-income states from donors. Through trade concessions, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Commission, and the UK Department for International Development (DfID), among other institutions, have aimed at aligning trade liberalisation deals and poverty reduction objectives. A working paper, recently published by The Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, questions the development credentials of AfT.