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Monday, 25 June 2018
Industry and Trade Minister Eunice Kazembe on Monday (26th July) reiterated the need for the European Union (EU) to address institutional, infrastructure and capacity factors that have stopped Malawi from taking advantage of previous preferential access to the EU before it can sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Kazembe was speaking in Blantyre at the start of a high-level meeting on the role of Malawi in ESA-EPA negotiations.

In a bid to secure a greater participation and accelerate the integration of ACP countries into the world economy, experts from more than 23 Central and West African met at the Hilton Hotel for the 6th coordination meeting that focused exclusively on the closure of the first phase of the project and its evaluation as well as the preparation of the second phase scheduled to start on January 1, 2011.

Tuesday, 03 August 2010
Surging European grain prices following a scorching heat wave in recent weeks are likely to raise flour prices, and farmers are facing higher bills for animal feed, industry executives and analysts said. But some analysts say they doubt whether recent price rises are sustainable in view of large global grain stocks and the fact that overall grain supplies are currently still satisfactory.
The 3028th Council meeting on General Affairs held in Brussels on 26 July 2010 decided not to oppose adoption by the Commission of a regulation amending Council regulation 338/97 on the protection of wild fauna and flora. The amendments implement changes to the international trade regime in endangered species agreed at the 15th session of the conference of the parties to the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora, held in Doha, Qatar, in March 2010.
Monday, 02 August 2010

Land is an asset of enormous importance for billions of rural dwellers in the developing world, and especially in ACP countries. The nature of property rights and their degree of security vary greatly, depending on competition for land, the degree of market penetration and the broader institutional and political context.

The 20th Brussels Development Briefing will be on ‘Financing agriculture and will take place on the 15th of  September 2010. As an input to the UN Summit on MDGs to be held in New York on 22-26 September 2010, we will discuss issues related  to financing development in the context of agriculture and rural development. This will include issue such as Aid and ODA, taxation (Domestic tax revenues), private investment (new donors), revenue generation. Speakers include: Centre for Environmental Policy at  Imperial College in London, the  Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa in the US, CONCORD, OECD, African Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, YARA, African regional framers organizations.

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Friday, 30 July 2010

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) witnessed a modest, but uneven recovery in the first half of 2010. This sparks some cautious optimism for FDI prospects in the short run and for a full recovery further on. UNCTAD expects global inflows to reach more than $1.2 trillion in 2010, rise further to $1.3–1.5 trillion in 2011, and head towards $1.6–2 trillion in 2012. However, these FDI prospects are fraught with risks and uncertainties, including the fragility of the global economic recovery.

Participants at a meeting of the African Union’s Trade and Industry Commission  proposed that the continent adopts policies to discourage the export of raw materials to the developed world. During a media briefing at Munyonyo, Kampala, Ms Elizabeth Tankeu, the Trade and Industry Commissioner, said: “We have been exporting our raw materials to Europe since the colonial times when the Europeans came to Africa. They still come here for our resources but we have remained the poorest continent”.
The European Commission has launched a survey on the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in third countries, in order to collect feedback from EU companies and other stakeholders. This survey is linked to the Strategy for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in Third Countries which was adopted in 2004 by the European Commission. The replies to the new survey will be valuable input in reviewing priorities regarding the necessary actions against IPR infringements beyond EU borders.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
As always a large volume of oranges from, amongst others, South Africa and Zimbabwe will arrive in Europe this year. Because of the difficult climate for entrepreneurs in Mozambique and Zimbabwe compared to South Africa only small volumes come from these countries.