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Monday, 30 May 2016

The [South Africa] Cabinet has approved the economic partnership agreement between the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and the European Union (EU), which will now be submitted to Parliament for ratification, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Speaking at a post-Cabinet media briefing, Radebe said the agreement would establish a single trade regime with the EU and would enhance the preferential access of some products to the EU such as sugar, ethanol, wine, fish and fruit. He noted that the agreement provided additional policy space for SA in a number of areas. SA had also negotiated a bilateral protocol on geographic indicators with the EU, where 102 wine names and three agricultural products — rooibos, honeybush and Karoo lamb — would be protected.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

On Sunday 22 May, an Italian ship, the “Santa Francesca” left the port of Lobito, a town in Angola, with a cargo of 17 tons of bananas headed for Portugal. This was the first shipment of Angolan bananas headed to Europe in 42 years, Angolan national radio (RNA) reported. The head of the Fazenda Agro-Industrial Bacilin in Culango, Benguela province, Eduardo Rodrigues told RNA that after inspections and quality certifications in Angola and at the destination, everything was ready for Angola's first banana exports to Europe.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Perhaps it would be an exaggeration to say that the world would never be the same again when leaders from the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States conclude their three-day “pivotal Summit” on June 1 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). But top echelons of the bloc are determined to turn it into “a watershed event” that would discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena.

Monday, 23 May 2016

On 13 May 2016, Regulation (EU) No 2015/1910 of the Commission, establishing the new MRLs for guazatine, came into force, and therefore, from this date onwards the limit stands at 0.05 mg/kg. In practice, this entails the inability for EU countries to import citrus treated with this active substance. The legislation already applies to the beginning of the summer season in the southern hemisphere and, in terms of volume, it will prominently affect South African citrus exporters, and to a lesser extent, also the Argentinian, Uruguayan and Chilean.

Regional economic integration continues as an elusive goal since the intergovernmental organization, Pacific Island Forum (the Forum) was established in 1971. It received a boost when the euro was launched on Jan 1, 1999, just as it inspired several such moves in Latin America and Africa. Regional free trade agreements were signed in 2001. They included Pacific island countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) between 14 Forum member countries, excluding Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) for free trade by 2011; and Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Cooperation (PACER) for free trade in goods and services by 2015 between all Forum members.

Cuba continues exporting pineapples to the European market, and the country plans to export some 1,200 tons of the MD-2 pineapple hybrid variety to Europe this year. Florentino Delgado, the commercial manager of the Ministry of Agriculture in Ciego de Avila, told Prensa Latina that the main shipments would be to France, Italy, and Spain, as they have welcomed the Cuban pineapple's caliber and quality.

In 2015, the monetary value of Zimbabwe's exports to the European Union increased to over US$54 million, up from US$21.3 million in 2014. Zimbabwe's major export destinations in the EU were United Kingdom, Netherlands, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, France and Germany. The Netherlands was Zimbabwe's largest export market importing over US$35 million worth of horticultural products.

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in March 2016 was €177.8 billion, a decrease of 3% compared with March 2015 (€182.8 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €149.2 bn, a fall of 8% compared with March 2015 (€162.9 bn).

Swissport is Tanzania's leading aviation services provider, and in a bid to improve export and import facilities, its plans to build an import warehouse worth $13 million (Tsh.26 billion), to be completed at the end of this month. “Anticipated growth of the aviation industry in Tanzania will just be a pipe-dream in the absence of reliable export and import aviation service providers,” said Swissport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gaudence Temu.

Leaders from the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are expected in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 30th May – 1st June for the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government. The Summit will discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena. Discussions will take into consideration recent key international developments, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism.

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