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Thursday, 13 December 2018

The European Union remains committed to its partnership with South Africa, while South Africa looks forward to an increase in trade thanks to the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. This was the message from the celebration of the 68th anniversary of Europe Day at an event in Pretoria hosted jointly by the EU Ambassador to South Africa, Marcus Cornaro and his wife Astrid, and the EIB Regional Representative, Tom Anderson, in the city yesterday.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The European Union has launched a project funded under the European Development Fund (EDF), including a component aiming to improve the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing activities in Western Africa. The five-year project, called PESCAO, aims to improve regional fisheries governance in Western Africa through different measures such as developing a regional fishing policy, putting in place regional coordination against IUU fishing and improving fish stock management at regional level.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The African Development Bank has signed two grant agreements to finance agri-business development projects through the Agriculture Fast Track Fund. Funded by the United States, Denmark, and Sweden, the Agriculture Fast Track Fund supports Africa-based agri-business SMEs by financing the development costs of agriculture infrastructure projects that span the value chain from rural feeder roads to agro-processing and marketing facilities, to out-grower schemes.

Agritech company Farmcrowdy enables British Nigerians to invest in chicken, maize and cassava farms, from more than 3,000 miles away, via their mobile phones . Farmcrowdy hopes to have 50,000 farmers by 2020. UK-based Nigerians are investing in Nigeria’s booming agricultural sector from the comfort of their homes thanks to agritech platform, Farmcrowdy. The company, launched in Nigeria in 2016, currently boasts of 10,000 acres and 7,000 signed up farmers across nine states, in Africa’s most populous country.

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has dismissed a petition seeking the reinstatement of an appeal of the case on the Economic Partnership Agreement between the regional bloc and European Union. A Tanzanian, Mr Castro Pius Shirima, filed the re-appeal on March 5 this year and hearing was scheduled for May 9. However, Mr Shirima or his lawyer failed to appear before the court, forcing the judges to throw out the petition for abuse of court processes.

CORRECTION

 

The article ''Fruit & vegetables from Cameroon suspended on EU market'' in Newsletter 565, (publication date: 07/05/2018) was incorrectly titled.

CTA Brussels was notified that no decision has been made about banning fruit and vegetables from Cameroon on the European market. Consequently, the original headline was corrected as follows ''Fruit & vegetables from Cameroon could face suspension on EU market'' to underline the hypothetical outcome of the situation.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

 

CTA Brussels Office

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Fruit & vegetables from Cameroon could face suspension on EU market

If nothing changes, fruit and vegetables from Cameroon could soon be banned from the European market, because of their questionable quality and in particular due to shortcomings in the national sanitary and phytosanitary monitoring systems. “Many elements required to meet international and European Union standards are currently missing from this system. There are significant weaknesses in its organisation and implementation, undermining its overall efficiency.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The South African Sugar Association (SASA) is aiming to conquer the UK market to adapt to the end of EU sugar quotas, which came into force on 1 October last year. The reform has made the EU less attractive for raw sugar exports from the rainbow nation, one of the cheapest producers in the world.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Kenya will no longer take financial assistance from the Netherlands as it feels its economy has become strong enough. The ambassador from Kenya met the Dutch government officials at the Kings residence on Friday, he said that the Dutch government will remain a very important trading partner to Kenya and that the strong relationship between both the countries will remain strong.

Friday, 04 May 2018

The Head of the European Union (EU), delegation to Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ketil Karlsen, on Wednesday, said the Nigeria, EU trade increased from about €19.9 billion in 2016 to about ‎€25.3 billion in 2017. Karlsen stated this in Abuja, while briefing journalists on the activities of the European Union in partnership with Nigeria on elections, security, anti-corruption, migration, investment and economic development in 2018, he said from 2015 -2017 the European Union has spent ‎€144 million in humanitarian support in the northeast and has set aside ‎€ 34 million in 2018.

Thursday, 03 May 2018

A UK-based company specialising in selling premium Kenyan tea is exhibiting at the prestigious European Coffee Expo in London this month (May 22 to 23) in an effort to showcase a product that has been declining in price over the past year. Currently, Kenya is ranked third behind China and India in tea production. It remains one of the top foreign exchange earners for Kenya, alongside tourism, horticulture, and coffee.