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Monday, 16 July 2018

A farewell was hosted by the University of the South Pacific for the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation, His Excellency Ambassador Wiepke van der Goot at the Laucala Campus in Suva on 15 August, 2011. The occasion was marked with a luncheon gathering which was attended by senior government officials from the Kiribati Government including the Minister for Education, Honourable Mr Toakai Koririntetaake and the senior staff of the University.

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

The deadline for completing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations have been extended to mid 2012. This was one of the key decisions taken by Pacific ACP Trade Officials meeting in Port Moresby last week. A report from Maureen Penjueli on said the shift in the deadline from the overly ambitious target of December 2011 was a clear recognition of the enormous task ahead of the region to complete comprehensive EPA negotiations.

Zimbabwe’s Mines Minister, Obert Mpofu, has given the European Union (EU) an open invitation to tour the controversial Chiadzwa diamond fields, a week after the EU said it was considering lifting a ban on Zimbabwe’s exports.Last week the EU was reported to be mulling lifting the ban, in place since 2009 over human rights abuses at Chiadzwa, saying conditions at two mines there had improved. The reports coincided with a shock documentary by the BBC's Panorama investigative series, which exposed the ongoing use of torture camps in the Marange region, said to be used by the military controlling the diamond fields.

Horticultural exports are set to grow significantly as local fresh producers benefit from adopting global standards in their production and marketing processes, giving their products easier access to international markets. Under a Sh5 billion ($65 million) project grant signed with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) in Nairobi last week, Kenya will lead other horticultural producers in East Africa to develop and implement a regional version of the Global Good Agricultural Practice standards.

There is no sense in continuing direct payments to farmers as a part of the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU, says Professor Ulrich Koester from Kiel University. Instead of falling market prices for EU goods, Koester holds that European farmers have seen rising market prices since 1993, when direct payments were introduced.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

With today’s newsletter, the CTA Brussels blog introduces three new categories: Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy and Humanitarian Aid. If you would like to receive only news in certain categories, you have the possibility to edit your email subscription by clicking on the link ‘Change Your Subscription’ at the end of the newsletter. You will then be invited to choose the thematic categories you like.  New subscribers can edit the choice of categories after their subscription. By default, new subscribers will receive the entire newsletter and are free to change it manually. You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.

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The new Greek Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Christos Salamanis, said he hoped to be part of the solution to solve the impasse between Zimbabwe and the European Union during his tour of duty. Ambassador Salamanis said this soon after paying a courtesy call on Acting President Joice Mujuru at her Munhumutapa Offices.

In Berlin, Dirk Nie­bel, Ger­man Federal Mi­nis­ter for Eco­nom­ic Co­op­e­ra­tion and De­vel­op­ment, pre­sented the BMZ's new strat­e­gy on de­vel­op­ment pol­i­cy. The paper out­lines the gui­ding prin­ciples for Ger­many's de­vel­op­ment cooperation.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Although the ACP Group of States with its 79 members represents a large part of the world’s poor, the group is under-represented in global institutions, says Dr Mirjam van Reisen, professor at Tilburg University. While the future of the ACP Group after 2020 is all but certain, individual ACP countries are increasingly cooperating with China, India and Brazil to gain independence from their traditional partners.

Decades of weak and even deteriorating performance of the public service in Sierra Leone have held economic development back, said the European Union. The European Commission is now planning to help the West African country: Over the period 2008-2013, 254 million Euros ($A345 million) are earmarked to make public service more transparent, accountable and performance-oriented.