The Joint Communication Towards a renewed partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries buildson the longstanding relationship with the ACP countries, which provides a good starting point to build a strong and modern alliance that is apt for the challenges of a more interdependent, complex and contested world. It should help building peaceful, stable, well-governed, prosperous and resilient states and societies at our borders and beyond and deliver on our objective of a multilateral rules-based order addressing global challenges.
According to FruitTop, Europe is expected to consume 300,000 tons of mangoes in 2016. There is increasing room for African mangoes on the European market, where currently 1 in 6 mangoes consumed are from Africa. Latin America remains the largest supplier (460,000 tons) and Peru (70,000 tons) to the EU. The season is not yet finished, but it is estimated that 50,000 tons of mangoes will be exported to Europe this year from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
The consequence of the possible refusal by Tanzania to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is so great that it might undermine trade within the East African Community (EAC) and beyond, experts have warned. If Tanzania digs in to block the EPA deal with the European Union, some analysts worry, there is a high possibility that the Customs Union, which aims to ensure partner states trade freely among themselves, will suffer the biggest blow. "The Customs Union will be greatly shaken in the event that some EAC countries accept EPA while others reject it.
At the first ever Africa Trade Forum, Mr. Boateng said Brexit presents Africa and the UK with a chance to “put development at the heart of our trading relationship with Africa in a way frankly that it has not always been in relation to the EPAs, let’s be frank about it”. “The UK recognizes that and we will seek every opportunity to minimize the disruption in our trading relationship and take every opportunity to seize this chance to re-fashion the relationship between the UK and Africa in terms of trade so intra-African trade becomes an opportunity which we can seize together,” he went on to say.
There's plenty of South African stone fruit on its way to Europe at the moment, said Wayne Mudge from Cape Five, as they loaded a number of containers last week. He confirmed that there had been only a minor disruption, due to the wind. "Volumes are difficult to judge at the beginning, but what we are seeing with the early varieties is that they are very uniform. Timing is normal to early but there are bigger volumes, indicating that the fruit is all ripening at the same time and there will likely only be two pickings rather than 3 or 4," explains Wayne.
The export of passion fruit from Kenya is not always easy. “They taste delicious and are much sweeter than many other types of passion fruit. This is because we pick them later. It is challenging to supply them to European countries with the right shelf life, but we are always looking for the best possible logistical solutions. We send fresh passion fruit to the Netherlands every week. We listen to consumers, who want to buy ready-to-eat products more and more often.” The Kenyan company Miyonga supplies various exotic fruits and vegetables. Yvonne Otieno, Miyonga’s CEO, indicates that they mostly grow these fruits and vegetables themselves. “Additionally, part is supplied by other cultivators.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith, in highlighting the concerns of the Jamaica’s private sector about the challenges faced in accessing the European Union markets, said that Jamaica’s strength and advantages in its services sectors would be greatly unlocked if there was a special visa regime between CARIFORUM and European Union (EU) countries. The minister’s observation was made during a courtesy call by Diana Acconcia, head of the Economic Partnerships Agreements (EPA) Unit in European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade on Tuesday, at the ministry’s Dominica Drive offices.
The sugar produced in Mozambique will continue to enter the market of the European Union (EU) free of tariffs and quotas, according to assurances given last week by the organisation, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported. Mozambican sugar is exported to the EU under the “Everything but Arms” (EBA) trade agreement in place since 2011 and which allows products from less developed countries, such as Mozambique, access to the European market free of customs duties and quotas. Apart from sugar, under the EBA scheme, Mozambique exports other products to the EU market with the same benefits.
The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Southern African states has come into effect, providing for state-to-state dispute resolution, but excluding any investor-state dispute settlement procedures. The European Union’s latest trade agreement promises free trade between Southern Africa and Europe and provides a dispute resolution safety net for nations that fall into disputes between the trading bloc and its members, but leaves unchanged the existing investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) systems.
Yesterday, the European Commission launched a policy package that maps EU current actions and commitments to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda and lays down the future direction for the EU development cooperation and relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Fair Trade movement welcomes the recognition by the EU of the “strong contribution” of Fair Trade to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and looks forward to work with the EC to upgrade the EU answer to the global goals. Yesterday, the European Commission announced its new strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in the EU and globally.