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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Up to 250 high-powered delegates will attend the fourth edition of the South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba, which will be held from 24 to 25 October 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The summit is organised by The European House – Ambrosetti Group (TEH-A), a leading Italian management consulting firm. The company was named for the fourth consecutive year as the no. 1 private think tank in Italy, ranking in the European top ten. It was ranked in the World top one-hundred most-esteemed independents, out of 6,846 Think Tanks globally, in the University of Pennsylvania 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. The summit was inspired by the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the governments of South Africa and Italy at the “Regions of Africa Europe Forum” in Taormina in 2012

In the framework of the 'Our Ocean' Conference, the European Union and the group of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states have reaffirmed today their support to the implementation of SDG 14 and have stressed their commitment to an ambitious, long-term vision of protection, valorisation, and sustainable use of our oceans, as well as to sustainable blue growth, and their willingness to intensify their coordinated action and cooperation.

Monday, 09 October 2017

The European Union plans to invest 27 billion CFA francs in the development of transport and the upkeep of the national road transport network. This was the information given by the EU ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Jean-François Valette, on 21 September 2017, during a ceremony for grants given to the Ministries of Transport and Economic Infrastructure. The ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Office for Road Safety (Oser) in Marcory. The ambassador said the EU intended to reinforce its support for the Ivorian government in the development of transport and the road network.

From September 2017, Mr Jean-Christophe Maurin is the new director of the office of the Agence française de développement (AFD – French Development Agency) in Niger. A doctor in petroleum geophysics and a university professor, Mr Maurin worked for the French Foreign Ministry in Congo and Senegal, then in central administration in charge of higher education and vocational training. He joined the AFD in 2009, becoming head of the Vocational Education and Training division, before moving to Kinshasa in 2013 as director of the AFD in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The AFD is a public financial institution, ‘which implements the policy defined by the French government, acts to combat poverty and promote sustainable development’.

As part of the modernisation of the French diplomatic network, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has undertaken a study on its overseas representation. France needs to be able to respond to the challenges of a constantly changing world and to anticipate change in order to maintain its effectiveness, influence and global influence. Adapting our diplomatic network is also a way to adapt our human and budgetary resources to our strategic objectives, in a context where the Quai d’Orsay must continue to contribute to the overall effort to control costs and reduce public spending.

The European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) is providing EC$675,000 (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Maria earlier this week. The relief will address urgent needs and will include basic kits for survival, clean water and food, construction material and fuel, as well as additional logistical support to reach isolated communities. In a statement on Friday, the EU said a humanitarian expert in rapid response is already in Dominica while additional EU humanitarian technical assistance is scheduled to arrive shortly to support the national authorities to deliver relief to the population.

Violence against women and girls is the root cause of discrimination and disempowerment, and this is not only about Africa, speakers insisted on Tuesday (26 September) at a conference on “Political Empowerment of Women in Africa and in Europe”. The conference was part of the “S&D group Africa Week 2017”. This is the second year that the group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament has organised a week-long conference on Africa-EU relations. This year the initiative is dedicated to the “youth and future of Africa”. S&D group leader Gianni Pittella said he was proud his political force was spearheading the initiative to build a more mature partnership between the EU and Africa.

The Department for International Development has defended its aid budget for Nigeria, which is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and security crisis caused by attacks led by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, and Priti Patel, the development secretary, jointly announced £200m in aid over the next four years, during a visit to the country on Wednesday. The projected average annual funding of £50m in that time period falls short of the £100m pledged to Nigeria for 2017. But DfID played down the suggestion that the new pledge amounted to a halving of the annual budget, claiming the additional funding was part of a £300m five-year package.

The European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) agreed upon "renaming" their summit between Europeans and Africans scheduled for 29-30 November in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), the EU-AU summit, Algeria's ambassador Amar Belani said Sunday in Brussels. "The AU and the EU agreed upon renaming their next meeting +EU-AU Summit+," which is expected to take place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, named in the previous editions EU-Africa Summit," Belani told APS.

The European Union must make more investment in Africa to ensure Europe's continued prosperity and security, Malta's President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said at the Arraiolos Group meeting on Friday. Thirteen Non-Executive Presidents of the European Union gathered in Malta from Thursday to Friday to debate European inclusiveness with respect to poverty and social injustices of European citizens and refugees. Preca proposed the need to invest in Africa because she believed it will be of benefit to Europe too. "We need to look at Africa as a continent of opportunity. Europeans had colonized Africa and it was, and still is, a continent of opportunity," Preca said.