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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The European Union through Trade and Agriculture Support Programme (TASPII) has purchase packaging materials and equipment worth 2bn/- for the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) laboratory. This was announced in Dar es Salaam yesterday during packaging material producers, consumers and entrepreneurs meeting organized by the Coordinator of the Trade and Agriculture programme from the Ministry of Finance, Jonathan Mbuya. He said EU has released fund for the purchase of the equipment to enable TBS to cope with challenges facing packaging materials so that TBS can be in a better position to determine the quality and control the standards of the locally produced packaging materials

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described as “unfair and unwarranted”, the European Commission’s 2015 blacklisting of a number of countries, including Barbados, as uncooperative tax jurisdictions. While delivering remarks at the commemorative ceremony for Europe Day 2016 and the 40th Anniversary of the European Delegation’s presence here, Stuart said Barbados was surprised at the blacklisting. The prime minister told his audience: “There are reports that in the wake of the so-called Panama Papers, the prospect of another list looms.

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday lauded the partnership between it and Nigeria in the last 40 years, saying it has been going from strength to strength. The Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Michel Arrion, told a news conference on the 40 years of EU-Nigeria partnership on Wednesday in Abuja that “Over a 40-year evolution period, the EU-Nigeria relationship has developed from a loose economic cooperation between an emergent African state and the nine-member European Economic Commission (EEC).

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Dissent was heard at the high-level meeting in Dakar last week of the EU and the 79-member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group. At stake during the five days of meetings outside the Senegalese capital was a successor agreement to the Cotonou agreement, which expires in 2020. Along with the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, leaders and representatives from some of the poorest countries in the world were present for talks on economic, political and development cooperation.

Trade issues took centre stage during the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, which was held on 25-29 April in Dakar, Senegal. Ministers discussed prospects regarding the Economic partnership agreements (EPAs) still under negotiation with the European Union, as well as issues related to trade in various commodities, such as fishing products and sugar, among others. Ministers also expressed their determination and enthusiasm in advance of the upcoming Summit of Heads of State and Government of ACP countries, which will take place in Papua New Guinea from May 10 to June 1.

Today, the European Commission appointed Stefano Manservisi as Director-General of its department for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) as of 16 May. Mr Manservisi, an Italian national, is currently Head of Cabinet of High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini. Mr Manservisi brings more than thirty years of experience in the Commission to this job, including six years as Director-General of the department for Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific States (DG DEV) and four years leading the department for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME).

Thursday, 05 May 2016

Caribbean countries have a living bank of marine resources from which they collectively cash out hundreds of millions of dollars a year to support emerging national economies by providing good jobs, food and foreign exchange, among other benefits. However, in order to remain active and competitive in the global marketplace, countries have had to find ways to surmount the challenges posed by stringent international standards called sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, for food safety and for protection against diseases carried animals and plants. Under an EU-funded SPS Measures Project, the ability of Caribbean countries to effectively address those challenges is being strengthened (...)

The first-ever EU fisheries agreement with Liberia and its associated implementation protocol were signed and entered into provisional application in December 2015. Their conclusion is now subject to approval by the European Parliament in a plenary vote. Atlantic tropical tunas are highly migratory species and, consequently, fishing vessels targeting them endeavour to follow their migration across the waters of different coastal countries and on the high seas. Liberia's waters are located on the migration path of three key tropical tuna species: yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack.

Of all the fisheries partnership agreements currently in force, the EU-Mauritania agreement is by far the most significant in economic terms. A new protocol, setting the details for implementation of the agreement over the coming four years, was signed and entered into provisional application in November 2015. Parliament's consent is now required for the conclusion of this protocol. The first fisheries agreement with Mauritania was concluded in 1987, as a continuation of the pre-accession arrangements of Spain and Portugal with Mauritania. It was reshaped into a cooperation agreement in 1996.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016

President Robert Mugabe requested the intervention of the Netherlands government in 2013 to help rebuild the country's ailing horticulture industry after it slipped into the doldrums as exports tumbled, a diplomat said last week. From an annual revenue of US$143 million in 1999, statistics indicate that the country earned a paltry US$40 million through horticultural exports in 2013. And last week, Zimbabwe's export trade promotion body, ZimTrade, said the value of horticultural exports declined to US$23,5 million in 2015.