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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

It’s been an eventful end to the summer in French development, as President Emmanuel Macron begins to push his vision for aid. Addressing ambassadors in Paris at the end of last month, Macron called for a new law to encapsulate his development agenda, saying he wanted to foster “solidarity investment” [“investissement solidaire”], including more partnerships with civil society, youth, business, and diasporas, and more money for ambassadors to support local initiatives.

The UK currently accounts for 20 percent of the EU’s banana market, leaving African producers concerned that London will opt to import cheaper American banana after Brexit. Britons consume around 1.1 million metric tons of bananas a year, according to African banana lobby Afruibana. There is ongoing negotiations about how the EU and UK could divide food import quotas after Brexit.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The Austrian presidency of the EU council is planning an EU-Africa Summit. EURACTIV Germany reports. The fact that population growth in Africa would become a major challenge for the EU has long been known. By the middle of this century, this continent’s population is forecast to grow to two billion people.

Vestas has won an engineering, procurement and construction contract for Lekela's 159MW Taiba N’Diaye wind farm in Senegal, marking the Danish manufacturer's debut deal in the African country. The agreement covers supply, transport, installation and commissioning of 46 V126-3.45MW turbines. Delivery is planned for the second and the third quarters of 2019, with commissioning in the third quarter of that year and first quarter of 2020.

In keeping with article 17 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and article 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), the parliamentarians from the Central Africa Region of the ACP Group and their European counterparts met in Yaoundé (Cameroon), from 17 to 19 July 2018.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Development Cooperation between The Gambia and the European Union (EU) that started in 1976 was meant among other things to contribute to the effective implementation of The Gambia’s development strategy, educational development and poverty eradication

The international community must do more to help the African Union lead the fight against al-Shabaab as Somalia takes on greater responsibility for its own security, Theresa May will say today. The UK has a strong track record both in supporting the African Union and helping Somalia rebuild its police and military forces after decades of insecurity.

When it comes to increasing investment in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries covered by the Cotonou Agreement, the EU talks a good game. But it is facing stiff competition from China, armed with more cash and fewer concerns about democracy and the rule of law when it comes to investment. The recently established Trust Fund for Africa and the soon-to-be-expanded European External Investment Plan are the EU’s latest Africa-focused investment vehicles.

Friday, 07 September 2018

The South African citrus sector has informed the European Commission that it will voluntarily suspend part of their citrus exports to Europe as of September 22 due to the risk of spreading the Black Spot disease to the European producing countries.

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Fisheries and Aquaculture competitiveness in ACP countries will receive a strong boost from an Intra-ACP allocation of the European Development Fund (EDF) aimed at enhancing the key role that Fisheries and Aquaculture could play in social and economic development across African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.