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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa embarks on a working visit to Germany to attend the G20 Africa Conference in Berlin. The G20 Africa Conference, scheduled for Oct 29-30, will discuss progress made with the G20 Partnership with Africa and the Compact with Africa (CwA).

Monday, 29 October 2018

In preparation for the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Committee scheduled for 26th October 2018, ACP Senior Officials responsible for Trade and ACP Ministers of Trade met from 21 – 25 October to consider ways of strengthening ACP-EU partnership by addressing salient issues related to ACP-EU trade relations.

The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, as the current Chairperson of the African Union, and the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, as Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, cordially invite African and European heads of state or government, CEOs of major global companies as well as innovative entrepreneurs and stakeholders to the High‑Level Forum Africa‑Europe.

Friday, 26 October 2018

2017 saw the approval of ten new grant operations, in support of seven different projects, for a total amount of EUR 73.6 million. The large majority, i.e. nine grants worth EUR 64.2 million, went to the energy sector and one grant, for EUR 9.4 million, for a project in the transport sector. More than half of the 2017 approvals, in terms of amount (EUR 43.6 million), support the investment phase of projects.

On 23 October 2018, the European Union (EU) Political and Security Committee (EU PSC) and the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) held their 11th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting in Brussels, Belgium as part of their regular dialogue within the framework of the AU – EU partnership.

The Commission has allocated additional €50 million to the Sahel region and €8 million to the Central African Republic to address the increasing food, nutrition and emergency needs in the countries. For 2018, the EU's total humanitarian response to the Sahel countries now stands at €270 million and €25.4 million for the Central African Republic.

Barely 12 months after the ban on the export of five vegetable crops to the EU market was lifted, Ghana faces another ban on its exports. This time, exported pepper is in danger of being blacklisted over doubts about quality. About 24,000 tonnes of pepper is exported from Ghana to the EU annually.

''I will start my report from the European Council with Brexit. Last Wednesday evening, leaders listened to Prime Minister May’s views on the negotiations. [...]Leaders also held a short debate on external relations, including on the fight against climate change ahead of COP 24 in Katowice. We adopted conclusions on taking our relations with Africa to a new level — an issue of great importance.''

The Council today informed the European Parliament that it cannot accept all the amendments for the 2019 EU budget adopted by the Parliament. This triggers a three-week conciliation period starting on 30 October. The two institutions will have until 19 November to find an agreement on next year’s budget.

Carlos Lopes, the Post Cotonou representative for the African Union shares his thoughts on migration: ''The current debate surrounding migration has become both emotional and irrational. In ageing countries there is a permeating belief that the movement of migrant populations around the world will have a negative effect. The financial cost of accepting and integrating migrants is one of the most frequently used arguments in order to justify limiting their numbers, including for legal immigration.''