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Saturday, 21 April 2018
The European Commission and the African Caraibean Pacific group of 79 States have concluded the second revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. As a result of fruitful dialogue since mid-2009, ACP-EU cooperation will be adapted to today's challenges, such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness.

South Africa, Angola, and Namibia could soon be left in the cold if they continue to resist signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) which is increasingly under pressure to streamline its trading policies under World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations, the European Commission’s trade directorate has said.

African countries are set to receive a boost in their ability to follow WTO work on food safety and animal and plant health — and to trade more effectively — following a 17-18 March 2010 decision to accept three regional organizations from the continent as observers in the WTO committee dealing with these issues.
In sub-Saharan Africa, companies which export fresh fruits and vegetables or processed products such as fruit juices, condiments, couscous-type cereals and spices …. .cruelly lack packaging solutions which meet the standards of markets in western countries. 
                                                                                                     
Monday, 22 March 2010
A European Parliament study on the impacts of WTO negotiations on fisheries underlines the significance of trade in fisheries for the EU-27 as the leading import market for fish products in the world. The EU-27 share of world import amounts to 30 percent in value. Imports originate mainly from Norway, China, Iceland and the USA. Around 10 percent of EU-27 imports are imported from ACP countries.
The European Union (EU) on Monday granted four regional organisations of the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region financing worth €118 million (US$161 million) to support regional economic integration.
European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht opened a conference focused on the European Union's trade policy towards developing countries. The objective of this conference is to discuss publicly how to maintain the effectiveness of the EU's General System of Preferences (GSP) in promoting development, how to make the most of regional trade agreements with developing countries, and how to encourage sustainable development.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Today, the Commission adopted a €190 million support package for banana exporters from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. This proposal was part of the historic Geneva Agreement on Trade in Bananas. The EU concluded this deal with Latin American countries and the US in December 2009 which settles 15 years banana disputes.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
As Sainsbury's marketing activity around Fairtrade Fortnight - the Fairtrade Foundation's annual campaign to promote Fairtrade products - is ready to start on February 22, the British retailer has recently claimed that it is the world's largest distributor of Fairtrade products.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
With clear evidence of disintegration among the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries starting to emerge, it seems the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) will not attain their intended objectives of enhancing trade, providing full market access, and a free trade market reciprocity arrangement.