Germany-based equipment manufacturer Liebherr Maritime Crane has announced the delivery of its LHM 600 mobile harbour crane (MHC) to the Port of Kingston, Jamaica. The new crane, which is claimed to be the biggest crane operated in the Caribbean, is starting operations this month at Kingston Wharves Limited’s multipurpose terminal at the port. The Port of Kingston already operates Liebherr’s smaller LHM 550 high rise version, which the company claimed in a statement is the former biggest MHC operated in the region.
Prime Minister and Minister for Marine Resources Henry Puna signed the agreement after meeting with the Solicitor General David James and Secretary of Marine Resources Ben Ponia.The signatory on behalf of the EU is the current President of the Council of the European Union, Donald Tusk.Under the Partnership, the Cook Islands will receive nearly $US7 million over a 4-year period in return for providing access to four European flagged purse seine fishing vessels which will target the migratory and abundant skipjack tuna.
After October, the European Union may terminate the Temporary Free Market Access it granted Nigeria and other ECOWAS member States to export their products to the Union. This is because of Nigeria’s failure to sign the Economic Community of West African StatesInvestigation by Financial Vanguard reveals that of the sixteen ECOWAS Member countries, twelve have ratified the agreement, except for Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra-Leone and the Gambia.
UNCTAD is set to support Central African countries cut the costs of their cross-border trade, after signing a three-year €380,000 ($420,000) deal with the European Union in Brussels on Friday. The grant enables UNCTAD to help countries comply with various trade regulations, including the Trade Facilitation Agreement, a World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement, that will streamline import, export and transit procedures between the WTO’s 162 members. The agreement could increase the value of global merchandise exports by up to $1 trillion a year, according to the WTO.
Organic farmer Fonyije Chigozili is hoping to break into the European market. She has benefited from valuable assistance to achieve her goal under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Under the programme, local fresh produce, processed sauces and mixes have duty-free quota access to markets in Europe, tapping into a market of more than 450 million high-income consumers. Ms. Chigozili, who is a member of the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement (JOAM), was among several farmers, food processors and exporters, who recently benefited from capacity-building training under phase one of the initiative (EPA 1).
A delegation of leading Mauritian garment manufacturers will attend an apparel sourcing event in London next month to showcase what the country's apparel and textile industry has to offer. The group, organised by the government export association Enterprise Mauritius, will be at the London-based Fashion SVP taking place at London Olympia from 15-16 November. Comprising 12 manufacturers of quality knitwear, woven and jersey products, the Mauritian delegates will join the show alongside representatives from 15 other countries, including the UK, the Baltics, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Poland, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Bulgaria.
Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe. Solomon Islands Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency Moses Kouni Mose and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic (representing the current EU Presidency) His Excellency Peter Javocyk and Ms Belinda Pyke, Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation, DG-Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission signed the agreement on Friday 7th October in Brussels.
Following a 2015 global corporate commitment to source seafood from MSC and ASC certified fisheries, IKEA Spain has now made MSC certified Pacifical tuna available for all their customers becoming the first IKEA market to offer 100 percent wild tuna, certified as sustainably caught in the pristine ecosystem of the PNA waters and fully traceable from sea to plate. The decision of IKEA Spain illustrates the company's solid global leadership towards tuna sustainability as well as their support to 8 Pacific economies largely dependent on tuna.
There is strong indication that the European Union will after October 2016, terminate the Temporary Free Market Access it granted Nigeria and other ECOWAS member States to export their products to the Union. This is because of Nigeria’s failure to sign the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)/European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) over the past six years. Investigation by Financial Vanguard reveals that of the sixteen ECOWAS Member countries, twelve have ratified the agreement except Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra-Leone and the Gambia.
Zimbabwe’s horticultural exports amounted to US$72.1 million in 2015, according to trade promotion agency Zimtrade, a significant increase from $49 million the previous year but still about half of the country’s peak output recorded in the 1999/2000 season.The Netherlands remains the biggest single buyer of Zimbabwe’s fresh produce, accounting for $32.6 million (45 percent) of total horticulture exports, Zimtrade figures show. The European Union consumes the bulk of Zimbabwe’s exports, with the United Kingdom ($13.5 million), Germany ($5.3 million), France ($3.2 million) and Poland ($2.9 million) taking up a combined $57.5 million worth of horticultural produce.