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Friday, 24 November 2017

The European Union anticipates that the Economic Partnership Agreements could be inked before the end of this year if the EAC states are focused and maintain active engagement throughout the remaining time.

Mr Harvey Rouse, the head of trade section at the European Union delegation to Uganda said, “We are hopeful that if EAC takes active engagement in the remaining few months, we will deliver the required results before the end of the year as the European Commission mandate to negotiate EPAs runs out at the end of this year.”

Friday, 07 October 2011

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific island countries and the European Union (EU) does not focus on sugar and fisheries alone. Fiji’s Ministry of Industry and Trade acting permanent secretary, Shaheen Ali says the agreement provides room for the trade of other products. “This is what the Interim EPA is about; it’s to look at non-traditional exports so we can build on exporting non-traditional products to EU,” Ali said.

European and Central African negotiators met in Bangui (République centrafricaine) from 26th to 30th September in order to continue negotiations at technical level. Negotiating groups discussed market access, services, cultural cooperation and accompanying measures. Progress was also made on the text of the agreement. The next negotiation round will take place in November in Brussels.

Thursday, 06 October 2011

The 2.4 billion EUR loan from the Republic of South Africa to Swaziland will form part of discussions during a political dialogue between the Swazi government and the European Union (EU). This is contained in a memorandum inviting various principal secretaries to a meeting in preparation for the dialogue. These are the PSs in the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs, economic planning and development, public works and transport, labour and social security and the ministry of commerce, industry and trade.

On 30th September the European Commission adopted a proposal to amend the Market Access Regulation, governing the trade conditions for certain developing countries that have negotiated Economic Partnership Agreements with the EU. Eighteen countries (14 countries in the Caribbean, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Papua New Guinea) have taken the necessary steps towards ratification of initialled agreements, and will continue to use the facility. But the other 18 countries have not even signed their agreement or are still not applying it.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

The annual European Development days (EDDs) – have been launched today by the Polish Presidency, Under-Secretary of State, Krzysztof Stanowski and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This year, the EDDs will focus on democracy and development in the wake of the recent Arab Spring events and the proposals of the European Commission for a new EU development policy.

Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Council of Ministers
-04 October: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
-06 October: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council
ACP Group

-03-06 October: 24th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
-06/07 October: Green Growth Investment Forum

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The European Parliament this week passed a report by German MEP Gabriele Zimmer on global food security in which it gave strong backing to the implementation of the right to food in the EU and in the world. The Parliament thus calls for “urgent steps to […] make the right to adequate and nutritious food a reality”. In this context, it urges the Commission and member states to “take concrete action to effectively tackle financial speculation on grain and food”, and in particular to restore global food stocks.

Friday, 30 September 2011

The Council of Minsters this week pushed back the resumption of full development cooperation with the Republic of the Fiji Islands until 30 September 2012, pending the implementation of concrete steps towards new elections as well as the respect of human rights and the rule of law (13845/11). The measures were first imposed on 1 October 2007 in the wake of the military takeover in Fiji in 2006.

Rivers State House of Assembly has appealed to the European Union (EU) to assist the state in cleaning up Ogoniland as recommended by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report recently submitted to the Federal Government. Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, said in Port Harcourt while receiving the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. David Macrae, that the extent of damage to the area was enormous and required external assistance. "To me, personally, the Ogoniland is a disaster area and should be so declared," he said.