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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Taking into account the evolution of the Group’s relations with the EU and, accordingly, recent concerns, ambassadors from Samoa and Jamaica stress that unity and innovation among ACP members is needed. Additionally, as geopolitical shifts occur with the rise of emerging economies and current challenges such as climate change or food security, key discussions delve into the direction the ACP Group will take for the future.

Delegations of the ACP Group said their goodbyes to H.E Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, whose term as Dean of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors has ended, and who will now head up the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

As a prelude to the G8 Summit, the European Commission welcomed the May 18 launch of the "New Alliance to improve Food and nutrition security". The EU has been actively supporting the preparation of the "New Alliance",  which is intended to boost productivity, domestic and international private sector investments and supporting innovation and technology in Africa.

While criticism has dominated the EU's foreign policy in recent months, positive notes have appeared to prevail in the media last week. Following long negotiations, the first iEPA has come to pass: Four African countries, namely Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles and Zimbabwe,  will gradually open their markets to European exports over the course of 15 years. The trade and development agreement concluded by the EU and the aforementioned African countries takes effect. “This is excellent news and I salute the hard work of negotiators and colleagues on all sides. With this trade deal we hope to accompany the development of our partners in Eastern and Southern Africa and open up better and lasting business opportunities", praised EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.
Good news also came out of the Caribbean region, as weeks after the visit of Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Directorate General for DEVCO,  Guyana’s  parliamentarians have unanimously approved a motion ratifying the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The Pacific region did not go unnoticed either, as the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands,  Gordon Darcy Lilo, recalled the EU’s role as a “development driver”, and stressed that the EU would remain a key partner. He also noted that through Cotonou’s provisions  the Solomons receive substantial assistance in crucial areas of development, such as agriculture or climate change.

European Parliament
-21/24 May: Plenary session (Strasbourg)
-21 & 24 May: Committee on Foreign Affairs
-21 May: Committee on Fisheries
Council of Ministers
-23 May: Coreper I
-23 May: Coreper II
ACP Group
-21 May: Consultations on the Pan-African Road Map on Cotton
-21 May: Stakeholders’ Workshop on the UNDP-sponsored on Future Perspectives of the ACP Group
-21 May:  6th meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration
-22 May: Meeting of Brussels-and Geneva-Based representatives of ACP Cotton-Producing Countries
-22 May: 17th Meeting of the COS-Coton
-23/30 May : Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (Horsens, Danemark)
Research Events
-21/24 May: Customs 2013 Workshop – The role of Customs in Environmental Protection (Rønne, Denmark)

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Although Uganda is often considered a mainly agricultural country, its recent performance has been assessed as being “disappointing”. According to an article by New vision, a lack of financing in the sector is resulting in the country's not being able to reach its full potential and become a major agricultural power in East Africa. Experts point to investment in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as being beneficial  for farmers. Likewise, greater public spending in the sector and clearer policies could lead to a very noticeable improvement.

Once more, tensions in Africa and China’s engagement in the continent, oblige the EU to re-evaluate its foreign policy. The Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) urged the EU to take action on the crises in West, Central and East Africa, particularly regarding the tensions between Sudan and South Sudan. AFET MEPs underlined China's role in Sudan – South Sudan relations, as the country  has been very active in the region.  Highlighting that the EU has been dragging its feet with regards to helping resolve the conflict, MEP Mario Mauro has asked the committee : “What is the EU's role here?”

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

In light of Europe Day, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands,  Gordon Darcy Lilo, extended his congratulations. Recalling the EU’s role as a “development driver”, he stressed that the EU would remain a key partner. He also noted that through Cotonou’s provisions  the Solomons receive substantial assistance in crucial areas of development, such as agriculture or climate change.

As the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA) comes into effect this week, Zimbawbe will benefit from a €50 million financing scheme under the Regional Integration Support Programme (RISP), which is intended to assist the country in terms of trade development and facilitation.

With the aim of finding a way to implement a new approach to development cooperation, and in line with the recently released EC communication “An Agenda for change”, the EU Delegation in Uganda exchanged views with East African stakeholders last week.  Talks were also intended to start the preparation of the  programming exercise for the 11th European Development Fund.