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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

On 25 June 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on the Sahel/Mali. The Council reiterated the EU's strategic and comprehensive engagement towards the Sahel region. The Council reaffirmed that the EU will continue to support the stabilisation efforts of the G5 Sahel countries as a basis for the development of the Sahel.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Today, the European Commission received authorisation from the Council to open negotiations for a new partnership agreement with countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The European Commission welcomes the Council decision allowing to launch the negotiations with the ACP group of States in the coming weeks. The existing framework, known as the Cotonou agreement, is due to expire in February 2020.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has allocated a € 10 million loan in support of the 34 MW* Ngonye solar power plant in Zambia. The project is promoted by multinational energy company Enel and will also be supported by loans from the IFC (World Bank Group) and IFC-Canada Climate Change Program.

Friday, 22 June 2018

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs agreed on the future of their partnership at the 35th Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. During the 35th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) from 18 to 20 June in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries adopted several resolutions on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Commission has announced today €68 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable communities in Sudan and South Sudan. The funding comes as millions of people across both countries are in need of assistance, with the conflict in South Sudan triggering an influx of refugees into neighbouring Sudan.

Weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a $76 million African startup fund at VivaTech 2018, TechCrunch paid a visit to the French Development Agency (AFD) — who will administer the new fund — to get more details on how le nouveau fonds will work. The $76 million (or €65 million) will divvy up into three parts, according to AFD Digital Task Team Leader Christine Ha.

The Financing Agreement of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement Programme was signed today by the Secretary of State for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Executive Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and National Authorising Officer and the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, in the presence of the Vice President & Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs Mr. Vincent Meriton and the Minister for Finance, Trade Investment & Economic Planning.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs are shaping their future their partnership at a three-day ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly in Brussels. Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting in Brussels from 18-20 June for their last joint session before talks on renewing the ACP-EU partnership start in August 2018.

The European Union (EU) reaffirmed its financial support for regional sustainable development and noted that it desired as one of the outcomes, a concise Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the next five years.

G-7 development ministers gathered in Whistler, Canada before last week’s leaders’ summit for meetings centered around women’s economic empowerment, including hearing from young women leaders on policies governments must pursue if they want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The G-7 is made up of seven of the most advanced economies in the world: The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, and Japan — and the European Union is also represented.