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Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Caribbean Export Development Agency in cooperation with the European Union is working with the Saint Lucia Trade Promotions Agency (TEPA) to sensitize the local business community on the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS). As a part of its sensitization drive, the agencies hosted a one-day proposal writing workshop for Businesses and Business Support Organizations to increase the awareness and understanding of accessing the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme.

The Dominican Republic avocado exports currently exceed US $ 30 million per year, i.e. an increase of 150% on 2006, when they only amounted to US $11 million, according to official data. The main market destinations for this product are the United States, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Italy. This data was provided during a meeting in which the National Confederation of Agricultural Producers (Confenagro) began the creation of the National Avocado Cluster, to promote the cultivation of this important export item.

Friday, 20 April 2018

EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel says Europe is dedicated to helping Africa build a single digital market, so that e-commerce can pave the way to better jobs and greater equality on the continent. Mindful of its own experience in building a single digital market, the European Union is dedicated to helping Africa do likewise and help unleash the transformative power of e-commerce on the continent, the EU’s digital economy and society commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, has said on the opening day of UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week in Geneva.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Trade relations are changing globally. As regional groupings are disrupted and reformed, global value chains contract, protectionism creeps in and the digital economy strengthens, old hat trading portfolios look increasingly out-dated. Without a doubt, enthusiasm for multilateralism has waned and the World Trade Organisation faces an existential crisis having not completed a new round of global trade liberalisation in two decades, since the Doha Round.

The capacity of Mombasa, East Africa’s principal port, will soon increase after an investment of €1,46 billion by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to cut time lost in traffic jams and congested ports. The funding announced in Luxembourg on Thursday will also improve sustainable local transport.

The country will gain a National Agriculture and Food Center (CNA) worth USD 200 million for manufacturing, transformation, preservation and distribution of locally produced food. The infrastructure, believed to be the largest agro-food center in African, will be built in Luanda's urban area near the satellite Kilamba city.

The 2nd edition of agrofood and plastprintpack Ethiopia 2018 has scored with an outstanding participation of international market leaders. Taking place from 3rd to 5th May 2018, at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa, more than 60 exhibitors from 17 countries present their innovations at Ethiopia's 2nd International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food, Plastics, Printing and Packaging. The event is organised by the German exhibition specialists fairtrade (www.fairtrade-messe.de) and their Ethiopian partners Prana Events.

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, is wooing Czech investors to the agricultural sector in Ghana. He has told Czech investors that Ghana has some of the best policies for foreign investors and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity to invest in the country’s agricultural sector. Dr Akoto was addressing a Czech Republic-Ghana agro-food business forum at the ongoing TECHAGRO 2018 exhibition in Brno in the Czech Republic.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Agribusiness stakeholders in the country are set for a trade mission to the Netherlands to study innovative food production systems and agricultural export models. The three-day mission will largely focus on horticulture, but integrate general agribusiness, seeking to expose Kenya to the Dutch’s developed and sustainable economy, mainly driven by innovative agribusiness production.

Mr Tetteh Hormeku, Head of Programmes at the Third World Network, has advised governments in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to use lessons from the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for the post-Cotonou possible framework. He said the ACP countries would get “the same rotten deal we got from the EPA” if they failed to apply the experiences gained from the EPA. Mr Hormeku was speaking at the opening of a two-day Civil Society Consultative Seminar on the Post-Cotonou Agreement in Accra.

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