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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Africa has huge potential. Its young population wants to succeed. But the continent needs a lot of investment quickly. The EIB is ready to act. We are experts at financing sustainable infrastructure and supporting the private sector.

The Angolan president returned to Luanda on Sunday, after a three-day state visit to Portugal in which the two countries signed a set of 13 cooperation agreements, the Portuguese press reported. The agreements signed between Angola and Portugal cover areas such as justice, teacher training, engineering, tourism, culture, social reintegration, forensic medicine, health, science, innovation and the environment.

Friday, 07 December 2018

The 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will take place from 3 to 5 December 2018 in Cotonou (Benin). It will be preceded by meetings of the three standing committees and the Bureau on 1 and 2 December 2018.

The European Commission has adopted five new programmes worth over €141 million under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: "Our new EU programmes, worth €141 million, are particularly focusing on important opportunities for young people. They will furthermore support our G5 Sahel partners to strengthen development and stability in border areas, as well as help us to save more lives and fight human traffickers, who take advantage of vulnerable people's despair.

The Council extended the mandate of EU military training mission EUTM Somalia until 31 December 2020 and agreed on a budget of €22.9 million for the period 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020.

At its Africa Day in Addis Ababa, the European Investment Bank announced today its strong support for the construction of a 420-MW hydropower project in Cameroon. The EIB will provide a EUR 50 million long term project finance loan to NHPC (Nachtigal Hydro Power Company) under the Impact Financing Envelope of the ACP Cotonou Investment Facility.

Three Saint Lucians recently returned home following the completion of a one-year post graduate study period in the United Kingdom. Alisha Ally, Kendall Elva and Louise Victor in 2017 were awarded a place among a prestigious contingent of aspiring and current leaders; the Chevening alumni.

On 15 November, the EU and Guinea Bissau signed a new Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) protocol, a year after the previous protocol expired. This new fisheries protocol will allow the EU fleet to fish in Guinea Bissau waters for a duration of 5 years.

The ties between the European Union and the African continent are historic and their destinies are closely interlinked. The EU is Africa’s main partner in for economic activity and trade, as well as development, humanitarian aid and security. Given these existing links and the new challenges we face, notably the demographic dynamic in Africa, the partnership between Africa and the EU needs a new vision of a future, one that reflects the changing social, environmental, economic and political situations in the two continents.

On 19 November 2018, the Council and the European Parliament ended negotiations on the EU budget for 2019 without agreement. The two arms of the budgetary authority concluded that they were not able to bridge their differences by midnight - the legal deadline laid down in the treaties.