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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Following the recent hurricane season and the experienced damage in the Caribbean, France has decided to move forward with stronger support for the geothermal project in St. Kitts, as reported by the Caribbean News Service. In a meeting this past weekend, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris and Ian Liburd, Minister for Public Infrastructure held bilateral meetings with the Ambassador of France to St. Kitts and Nevis. The meeting was also attended by French Foreign Trade Advisor, Jacques Chouraki, also the President of Teranov Geothermal Energy. The company has been working on establishing the geothermal potential on St. Kitts together with the government. In its studies on the potential, it is estimated that at least 18 to 36 MW of geothermal power generation capacity could be developed on the island

Fiji aims to make the Conference of Parties (COP) 23 a visionary COP and build trust and goodwill and ensure a result that demonstrates her commitment to climate action and solidarity with the most vulnerable. Fiji’s Climate Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Deo Saran made the statement while updating the European Heads of Climate Delegations regarding the preparations for the United Nations (UN) Climate Conference (COP23) on November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany. The European Heads of Climate Delegations meeting at Brussels was led by Estonia as the European Union President this year. “We aim for a COP that delivers tangible results and inspires a race to the top of our ambitions in order to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C above pre- industrial level and the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” Mr Saran said.

The agents responsible for the management and implementation of European Development Fund (EDF) resources in Central Africa are meeting to discuss this subject in Douala. The overall objective of the meeting, which began in Douala on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and runs until Thursday, is to inform stakeholders on the important changes in relations with the European Union (EU). At the same time, this consultation, which brings together the heads of the support unit for EDF National and Regional Authorising Officers from CEMAC and ECCAS countries, aims to formulate actions to make the most of the partnership with the EU, and to find ways of substantially improving the absorption of available resources.

The German Ambassador to Haiti, Manfred Auster, who took up his post around 12 months ago, on Thursday outlined the achievements of cooperation between Germany and Haiti since 2010. In that period, Germany has invested €115 million – or $135 million – in various projects in Haiti. Standing alongside representatives of German and Haitian organisations, the Ambassador underlined the financial and moral support given to the world’s first independent black republic. Ambassador Manfred Auster repeatedly underlined the strength of diplomatic ties between Haiti and Germany over the past ten years. Europe’s strongest economy has invested €115 million or $135 million in various projects in Haiti.

The new European Union Head of delegation to Uganda Attilio Pacifici has promised to focus on strategies for strengthening the Private Sector in Uganda as a catalyst for development. Amb Pacifici was yesterday presenting working copies of his credentials to minister of foreign affairs Sam Kutesa at the Ministry in Kampala. Pacifici said he was looking forward to working with the Government of Uganda to further strengthen relations with the European Union. He replaces Amb. Kristian Schmidt whose tenure ended in July 2017.

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Gambia Government through the office of the Vice President and the Ministry of Women's Affairs, in close partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, has launched a 4.4 million Euro project entitled, "Improving Food Security and Nutrition in the Gambia, Through Food Fortification. The event was held on Tuesday 26th September 2017, at a local hotel in Senegambia. The multi million Euro project is funded by the European Union and aims to improve nutrition and health outcomes of vulnerable women and children in the Gambia, especially women, girls and children in the North Bank and Central River regions of the country.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Young people from Africa and Europe, including representatives of the African Diaspora, are gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 9-11 October to take part in the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit. While at the Summit, the delegates will engage in lively debate, with a view to developing recommendations and solutions to put forward to Heads of State at the 5th AU-EU Summit, also to be held in Abidjan, on 29-30 November. A total of 120 motivated young people from Africa and Europe, selected from over 7500 applicants, will discuss issues of importance to youth on both continents.

European Commission-funded, FAO-led partnership will help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries shift from wildmeat to alternative sources of animal protein. A €45 million multi-partner programme launched on Tuesday 10 October at FAO seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security. Funded by the European Commission, the seven-year programme is an initiative of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Represented by its Minister of Economy and Finance, the Guinean government on Friday 29 September signed two agreements with the European Union (EU) represented by its Head of Delegation in Conakry, Gerardus Giélen. The signing, which took place in the conference room of the Ministry of Economy, was also attended by the Minister of State responsible for Security and Civil Protection, his counterpart for the Environment and Water and Forests, as well as numerous guests and development partners. The agreements concerned two projects that will lead to very concrete results in terms of training, equipment, improvement of services, improvement of relations between the security forces and the civilian population, protection of the environment and combating human trafficking.

The Rencontres Africa 2017 event, taking place in Abidjan since Monday 02 October, has provided an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between Ivorian employers represented by the General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d'Ivoire (Confédération générale des entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire – CGECI) and the French Public Investment Bank (Banque Publique d’Investissements Français – Bpifrance). An agreement was signed between the two entities on the sidelines of the forum, which is taking place for the first time in Africa.