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Friday, 27 April 2018
The development of coherent and effective relations with other regions and countries is one of the most challenging tasks faced by the European Union. This original volume explores the EU’s engagement with the global South, focusing on three controversial policy areas: economic cooperation, development cooperation, and conflict management.
Jamaica is set to get another multi-million dollar grant from the European Union (EU), through the Banana Support Programme. Tomorrow, the EU Banana Support Programme through Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will officially sign four additional grant projects.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) on Tuesday announced a 15 million euro loan to Mauritius sugar producer Omnicane, as the country faces the end of preferential European Union prices. Sugar firms on the Indian Ocean island have increasingly looked to diversify their products and cut costs after the EU announced a graduated 36 percent cut in its guaranteed price for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar.
The delay in the signing of economic partnership agreements by East African Community member states has aroused the ire of the European Union. The EU has described the situation as untenable and contrary to both EU law and World Trade Organisation rules. According to Mr Timothy Clarke, head of the EU Delegation in Tanzania, the deal needs to be sealed swiftly.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010

African nations on the 25th January urged European governments to resist calls for a new round of legal ivory sales and protect the world's elephant population. Representatives of the 17-country Coalition for the African Elephant came to Brussels seeking support after Tanzania and Zambia each requested fresh authorisations from international regulators. "We are asking the European Union to take a clear stance in support of a nine-year moratorium adopted in 2007 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)," Kenyan Forest and Fauna Minister Noah Wekesa told journalists. Experts say some 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks -- out of total numbers of perhaps half a million.

Dr Jonathan Aremu, a consultant to the Common Investment Market of ECOWAS, has urged the European Union (EU) to show commitment in developing Nigeria's infrastructure before the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is signed. The EPA is a trade agreement being negotiated currently between West Africa and the EU to open up the West African market to products from Europe. Aremu said without developing the country's infrastructure, concluding the EPA negotiations would not be possible in the near future.
The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite and the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), this week entered into a co-operation agreement that will further deepen and strengthen the cooperation between them. DFID and the Tripartite have been working closely together in strengthening the Tripartite (which is at present a coordination arrangement between COMESA, EAC and SADC) to deepen regional integration, economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa has been hit hard, first by the food crisis, then more recently by the financial and economic crisis; and the continent is now facing the challenges of adapting to climate change. In this rapidly evolving context, African countries continue to negotiate ambitious Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. Would the EPAs – including the reforms they may require and the mechanisms they may create – have made any difference to the capacity of ACP governments and producers to respond to these crises?
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Could new African consumers make good the losses of African fruit exporters on the European market? That is the question large Ivory Coast fruit exporters are struggling with at present. The historical agreement, which during the middle of December ended a sixteen year long banana war between Europe, Latin America, the US and Africa will change much in Ivory Coast as surely as anything. Ivory Coast export to the European Union about 230,000 tons of bananas.  
Mabel D. Awuku, PRO, Ministry of Trade and Industry in Ghana, give san overview of the EPA negotiations. Ghana and European Union trade has been guided by a non-reciprocal trade regime offering tariff preferences for Ghanaian products entering the EU market under the Lome Convention from 1975 to 2000 and of late the Cotonou Partnership Agreement from 2000. However, the preferential trade system enshrined in the CPA operated  under a waiver from GATT Act 1 which obliged  WTO members  to adhere to the principle of non-discrimination.