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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Following the recent discovery of oil in Turkana, in northwest Kenya, the country seems more willing to position itself closer to its East African neighbours regarding the conclusion of a trade pact with Europe, which has spurred great discussion. Under the revised EPAs text, taxes on the majority of primary commodities, like crude oil, and are expected to be removed.

Last week, the Belgian Senate adopted a resolution which called for EU flexibility in trade matters with the ACP Group, “taking into account the real needs of ACP countries for their development and regional integration”. In the resolution, the senate asks the Belgian government, within the framework of its international policy,  to ask the European Commission to give its full support to “the demands of the ACP Group for the renegotiation of contested clauses in the EPA-I”.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

According to recent reports, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU) have successfully completed the implementation of a €20 million Food Facility (EUFF)  programme in five West African countries, namely Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. As indicated in an IFAD statement last week, the initiative has improved the quality of seeds through innovative production techniques.

Following the fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa and the EU, held in Adis Abebam,Ethiopia, both parties agreed to grow ties and work together for stability in the Horn of Africa. In particular, they discussed the IGAD's revitalization and reform process, as well as the EU Strategic Framework for the region.

As the situation in Mali, which saw a coup d’état last March, remains unstable, there are fears of a spill-over into neighbouring countries. Accordingly, in an interview with Reuters, the EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, recently warned about possible threats to the EU´s efforts to keep other Sahel states safe.

The former President of Tanzania (1995-2005), Benjamin W. Mkapa, has recently published an article where he raises the question of whether EPAs “deeply care” for African and EAC regional integration and development, or if they are being primarily driven by the EU´s economic interests. Mr. Mkapa reviews the EU´s policy on Raw materials and underlines concerns from the European side: since emerging economies seem to have a great appetite for raw materials, and are therefore establishing closer links to Africa, “there is fear that Europe will somehow be marginalized”.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

European Parliament
10 April: Committee on Foreign Affairs
ACP Group
13 April: ACP-EU S/C on Trade Cooperation
13 April: 4th meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration

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The last Brussels Briefing on "Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities" took place on 4th April, 2012. More than 100 ACP and EU policy-makers, NGO representatives and Member States delegates actively participated. A wider audience followed the Briefing through a live webstream and participated via email and Twitter.
Next week, all material related to the Briefing, including photos and the videos, will be published here.

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As we announced last month, this week saw the kick-off of "Professional Football Against Hunger", a campaign which has come to European football stadiums with the message that urgent action is needed to avert a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of Africa.

High Representative Catherine Ashton has announced this week that certain third countries will comply with the recent Council Decision renewing restrictive measures against the Ivory Coast. The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland+ and Serbia*, the Country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Albania, and the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, and Georgia, will ensure that their national policies conform to the Council decision.