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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade CEO Peseta Noumea Simi, Samoa and Papua New Guinea will represent the Pacific at the Ministerial level central negotiating for the post-Cotonou agreement. He said Samoa is in the technical negotiating team for pillar two on development cooperation.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and from the European Union are in Brussels to discuss common priorities and challenges. "Building bridges and strengthening our partnership to face global challenges" is the theme of the meeting. In her opening remarks, the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini stated "our people share many of the same principles and the same interests.''

The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) is leading a consortium, funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), developing a Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), which uses state-of-the-art technology to help inform farmers in sub-Saharan Africa of pest outbreaks that could devastate their crops and livelihoods.

International stakeholders gathered in Brussels on 17 July for the Somalia Partnership Forum, organised by the European Union together with the Federal Government of Somalia and Sweden. Over 60 delegations took part and agreed on joint commitments in key areas for inclusive politics, peace and security and economic recovery in Somalia.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The absolute hero of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde and a leading historical Pan-African figure, Amílcar Cabral, was named by his father after the Carthaginian General Hamilcar Barca, the one that in 241 B.C. conquered Sicily before occupying most of Iberia. He was born in what is a today’s Libya and was one of the most-admired leaders of that state that sat in what is today’s Tunisia.

The Federal Republic of Germany and Cameroon on Tuesday signed two intergovernmental cooperation agreements in the capital of Cameroon, worth a total of €13.6 million (about 8.84 billion CFA francs), aimed to modernise the civil registry and support decentralisation.

On 21 June, Bakary Sylla – Chief of Staff at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance – representing the Minister, actively took part in the Paris Forum. A total of 46 lending and borrowing countries, as well as nine international financial institutions and international organisations met in Paris at the French Finance Ministry to discuss new trends in the sovereign debt landscape, in particular the high debt levels of certain developing countries, in a context marked by growing vulnerabilities linked to the rise and make-up of debt in these countries.

Friday, 13 July 2018

The African Union has appointed Carlos Lopes, a member of President Paul Kagame's dream team in reforming the continental body and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as the high representative for the post-2020 negotiations with the European Union.

The European Union has released €89.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia and Djibouti, as millions are grappling with the consequences of prolonged extreme weather conditions. The funding comes ahead of the Somalia Partnership Forum co-hosted by the European Union taking place next week over 16-17 July.

The EU’s much vaunted private investment vehicle in Africa has moved a step closer to becoming reality after €800 million was unlocked to leverage multi-billion euro investments on the continent. At a meeting on July 10, the board of the European Fund for Sustainable Development gave its green light to a package of financial guarantee programmes worth around €800 million as part the bloc’s External Investment Plan (EIP).