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Sunday, 21 January 2018

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
G20

-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

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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.

Parliament aimed for a 2012 budget for growth, employment and innovation in the Union and for supporting development and democracy in neighbouring countries, when it voted its position on next year's budget on Wednesday. While MEPs propose to augment the funding for border protection, they are less ambitious on the "EU as a global player".

Friday, 28 October 2011

Africa’s top trade negotiator, Elizabeth Tankeu, the Trade Commissioner at the African Union (AU), has died aged 67, while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Paris, France, the AU said Monday. The AU Commission announced its flag was flying at half-mast in honour of the late trade and industry commissioner, whose tough stance against unfair trade deals saw a more assertive Africa take on the rest of the world in a hunt for a better trading deal.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

The meeting of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee which took place in Strasbourg on 20 October 2011 allowed for an exchange of views between MEPs and Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos about the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Commissioner Ciolos underlined his determination to cap the payment given to large agro-enterprises. “What we wish for is to have more coherence, more transparency and more clarity and justification of the way in which the payments will be attributed,” he added.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

In 2011, in the context of the Arab Spring and the international economic crisis, the development of Southern countries takes a new dimension which transcends the duty of solidarity. Development policy today is an essential macroeconomic support to solve crises and to bring about a more prosperous and stable world. To bring about equitable and long-term growth, an upright cooperation between developed countries, emerging countries and developing countries is necessary.