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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ten ACP countries are to benefit from a total of 190 million EUR as part of a temporary programme (2010-2013) of accompanying measures in the banana sector. This compromise was reached after long negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. Allocation of funds will be handled according to three criteria: The place of the banana sector in the ACP country, banana exports, and the development stage of the country.

Wednesday, 09 November 2011

The European Union is eager to meet the Fijian Government for further talks on development. The new head for the EU Delegation to Fiji and the Pacific, based in Suva, Ambassador Doctor Abdoul Aziz Mbaye told the Fiji Sun in an interview that they were prepared to lift all sanctions against Fiji as long as both parties engaged in dialogue to provide concrete delivery.

Aid from rich nations is likely to fall by at least $9.5 billion by the end of 2012 – the biggest drop in aid for 15 years, according to new calculations by international agency Oxfam ahead of this week’s G20 Summit (Nov 3-4). Oxfam calls the figures “shameless and depressingly predictable” and show that poor people are being asked to pay for rich country austerity cuts. It calls on G20 leaders to reverse the cuts and agree to pursue new ways of raising money for poor countries being hit by the economic crisis and climate change.

Monday, 07 November 2011

European Parliament
-07 November: European Parliament Development Committee
-07 November: Committee Meetings
-10 November: Committee Meetings
Council of Ministers
-08 November: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
ACP Group

-07-09 November: ACP Civil Society Forum
-07-09 November: Committee of Ambassadors

-11 November: 1st Meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development

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Friday, 04 November 2011

Congo is the ACP country that receives most funds from the European Union. While development efforts on the ground show some success, in Brussels many people are unhappy with the amount of money attributed to Congo. Many point the finger at the former development commissioner and current Member of the European Parliament Louis Michel from Belgium. Commission officials and Members of Parliament wonder: Was it Michel’s friendship to Congo’s president Joseph Kabila that helped channel funds to Congo?

Last month the European Commission unveiled its ‘Agenda for Change’, a new policy framework outlining priorities for the European Union’s development aid and detailing the Commission’s renewed focus on economic growth as a means of poverty reduction, particularly in the world’s poorest countries.

Combating excessive commodity price volatility and enhancing G20 commitments to development – these are two of the priority areas that the heads of state of the main emerging and developed economies, the Group of 20 or G20, will discuss during the meeting in Cannes this 3 and 4 November. Next to the need to foster economic growth and to impose better rules on the international financial system, the French G20 presidency has laid a decisive focus on assuring that G20 nations do not widen the gap that separates them from developing and least developed countries.

Thursday, 03 November 2011

The Netherlands through the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Creation in Higher Education, is donating 13 million Euros (472.5 million meticais) over the period 2009 – 2015 to support higher education, as well as capacity building in Food and Nutrition, Health (SRHR) and water and sanitation management in Mozambique.

Wednesday, 02 November 2011

Council of Ministers
-04 November: Coreper I Meeting

-03/04 November: G20 Summit in Cannes
ACP Group
-31 October: Management Meeting
-03 November : Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
European Commission
-02 November: Weekly meeting of the college

You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.

With the current global recession, funding and financing has become a major issue in the Pacific region. The agriculture sector, in particular, has been experiencing difficulty in terms of accessing funds to support the sector. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the United Nations Commodity Trade and Development (UNCTAD) unit, jointly organised a two-day Pacific Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Enhancing Access to Finance for the Agricultural Sector from 20-21 October 2011.