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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

As Swaziland’s government has suppressed trade unionism in the country by repeatedly meddling in union activities, the EU expresses concerns. Through a press statement by the EU Delegation, based in Lesotho, and  in conformity with the EU Heads of Mission accredited to the country, calls upon the government to stop these actions and recalls the existing Cotonou Agreement as its provisions stand for respecting human rights.

Friday, 11 May 2012

During the course of the 7th South Africa - Germany Bi-National Commission in Berlin,  Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe called upon the European nation to invest in South Africa's massive state-led infrastructure drive. "We are targeting a range of areas, including roads, rail, ports, water infrastructure and telecommunications. To this end we wish to invite the government of Germany and German cooperates to participate in this important initiative," Motlanthe said in his opening remarks at the BNC.

Following Francois Hollande's takeover of the French presidency, the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma said he looks forward to further strengthening  bilateral and trade relations between the two countries, as he emphasised the role of France in international fora. "On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, I congratulate Mr Francois Hollande on winning the French Presidential elections. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our congratulations to Mr Hollande and the people of France for a successful election," he stated.

A new Center for European Studies is set to be established in the Dominican Republic, as a result of a new agreement between the Directorate General of Multilateral Cooperation (DiGECOOM) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development. It aims to strengthen academic links between institutions in the country and provide an overview of Europe’s realities.

The European Commission's expenses for 2010 were approved by the Parliament under the EU's annual budget discharge procedure. The finances of almost all other institutions, agencies, and notably the European Development Fund, also received endorsement.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

As part of its Vision 2020 development blueprint, ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) has launched a volunteer programme whereby young specialists will be deployed to serve in member countries. The programme, which is being supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV), Unesco, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the European Union (EU), will seek to strengthen peace-building, improve national reconstruction and accelerate development in member states.

The EP Agriculture  and  Rural development Committee (AGRI) will present next week a comparative analysis of farm support within the major agricultural trading nations. The analysis contrasts the support given to farmers in the EU, the US, Canada, Russia, China, Brazil and Switzerland and their distorting effects on world markets.

According to a recent Sendeveloppementlocal article, actors from the Senegalese agricultural sector will try to meet their goal of reducing their volume of imports by 50% by 2015. Ibrahima Wade, Permanent Secretary of the Senegal's Accelerated Growth Strategy (AGS), said the aim is to offset the balance of payments. These statements were made during a workshop organized by the Federal Cooperative of Horticultural Actors  (CFAHS), in St. Louis.

Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Despite widespread criticism and negative prospects facing the EPAs in Africa, the Caribbean region appeared to demonstrate a better outlook,  at least when compared to the East African Community (EAC) and latest germane headlines.  However, some concerns were expressed over the 2008 EU Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe. “Trying to answer questions about the success […]is far from easy”, according to Dominican Today.  Although  it seems clear “that there are very large sums of money”  being made available by the EU and which are intended  to both  support regional integration and meet EPA requirements, “it is hard to find any evidence that use is being made of the trade aspects of the agreement other than in relation to the improved access it offers in the area of commodity exports”.
One of the topics raised last week was the impact of the BRICS on developing countries. Trade experts have once again sounded the alarm regarding growing ties between Africa and China. According to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, this reached $126.9 billion in 2010, while trade volume rose by 30 per cent year-on-year during the first three-quarters of 201.  According to an article by Daily Nation, Kenya, as one of China’s top five trading partners, has been the subject of complaints by some EU Member states representatives. They protest in particular their lack of access to President Kibaki. In the words of the author: “The trade volume between Africa and EU countries has significantly dropped, which is one of the reasons why diplomats are unhappy with the Kibaki administration […] In a way, these diplomats are under pressure from their metropolitan states to restore the lost glory of cosy African relations as the Chinese have clearly found favour with the Kibaki administration".
New EU development initiatives were also announced at the beginning of May. Following a high-level meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the EU has granted ClimDev Africa Initiative €8 million to support Africa’s response to climate change challenges.

Monday, 07 May 2012

European Parliament
- 8 May : Committee on Foreign Affairs
- 8 May : Committee on Development
- 8 May : Committee on International Trade
- 7/8 May : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
- 8 May : Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
- 8 May : Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- 9/10 : Mini Plenary session
Council of Ministers
- 8 May : COREPER I
- 8/10 May : COREPER II
ACP Group
- 7  May: 5th meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration
- 7/ 8 May: All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme Dissemination Workshop
- 10 May: Special Committee of Ambassadors
-11 May: ACP High Level Meeting on Improving Access of SMEs to Financing
Danish Presidency
- 6 /11 May : The 10th meeting of the International Resource Panel
-10/11May Informal Presidency meeting of the Council Working Group on Export Credits

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