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Monday, 19 November 2018

At their monthly meeting in Luxembourg earlier today the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved backing for EUR 6.67 billion of sustainable transport, urban development, water, clean energy and private sector investment across Europe and Africa. Companies across Europe and around the world will benefit from EUR 2 billion of new direct financing and support for investment through local partners.

Senior trade officials from the United Kingdom (UK) and Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) States met in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 6 to 7 September to continue discussions to maintain the current trade relationship between the UK and the ESA countries after the UK leaves the EU. The UK and ESA states from Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe were represented.

Today, on 10 October 2018, the European Commission welcomes a new high-level group of personalities from Africa and Europe convened by Friends of Europe, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the ONE campaign to reflect on the future of EU-Africa relations. The meeting of the high-level group brings together current and former heads of international organisations and foundations, former presidents and prime ministers of African countries along with renowned experts.

The process leading to the post-Cotonou agreement in 2020 was launched last Friday in New York by the countries of the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) and the European Union (EU). At the meeting, Prof. Robert DUSSEY (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of Togo) was appointed Chief Negotiator of the ACP Group.

The chief negotiator of the African, Caribbean and the Pacific countries has called for more imagination when looking to the future of EU-ACP relations. Robert Dussey is Togo's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration and Chief Negotiator of the ACP Group for the future of relations with the EU after the end of the Cotonou Agreement.

On Thursday 4 October, after presenting his credentials, the head of the European Union Delegation in Benin, Ambassador Oliver Nette, invited journalists to a lunch at his residence. It was an opportunity for him to discuss Europe’s new directions in its partnership with Africa, and Benin in particular, with members of the media.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Representatives of National Authorizing Offices (NAO) of CARIFORUM States and regional organizations/institutions involved in EDF-funded programmes are currently in Guyana for a training programme for projects funded by the European Development Fund.

After the multistakeholder meeting held in Dakar in October 2016, the Policy Forum on Development (PFD) will return to Africa for a regional meeting to take place in Gaborone, Botswana from 8 - 10 October 2018. The event will follow up on many issues of the previous meeting and also take into consideration the new context after the last African Union - European Union Summit which took place in Abidjan in November 2017.

The European Commission today committed €5 million for a new capacity building project to support African countries in implementing and applying global rules around customs and trade facilitation, following an agreement signed today with the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Talks on a new agreement between the ACP and the EU will only bear fruit if both parties take the road to prosperity together, writes the ACP’s chief negotiator, Robert Dussey, on the post-Cotonou talks. Prof. Robert Dussey is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of Togo, and the Chief Negotiator of the ACP Group for the post-Cotonou agreement.