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Sunday, 18 February 2018
Lady Ashton, Brussels' new foreign policy chief, was accused of abandoning Europe's commitment to tackle poverty, as African and Caribbean governments reacted angrily to a proposed deal to end the 16-year "banana wars". Ashton, who is currently European trade commissioner, took a leading role in negotiating an agreement with Latin American governments, expected to be signed this week, which would bring to an end one of the world's longest-running trade disputes. But in offering to slash import taxes on bananas from Latin America, from €176 a tonne to €114 over the next seven years, Europe has infuriated countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific–many of them former colonies–which have traditionally had special access to Europe's markets.
Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda says the Government will be embarking on a marketing campaign in Europe on behalf of the small business sector in January. The Jamaica Marketing Company, based in London, England, which he explained had been "lying dormant" for many years, will be driving the campaign. He said the marketing assistance was essential for small businesses to compete overseas. "You need money, you can't individually collect enough money to go out and market your own products by yourself. What we need to do is to trod the pavements of Europe and North America. We need to create a virtual army of Jamaican representatives out there selling Jamaican products", Samuda emphasised.
Sub-Saharan Africa has been hit hard: first by the food crisis, more recently by the financial and economic crises, and at the same time grappling with the challenges of adapting to climate change. In this fast evolving context, African countries continue to negotiate the challenging EPAs with the European Union. However, the presence of negotiating deadlocks or a sense of fatigue as well as the lack of a real appetite for these agreements among many ACP negotiators, raise legitimate questions regarding their structure and content, as well as their ability to constitute instruments to leverage economic growth.
The 2976th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 20 November 2009 adopted a regulation establishing a modernised system for inspection, monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) throughout the market chain, "from net to plate". The new regulation includes the provisions on Control and monitoring, sanctions, inspection powers, cooperation among member states and coordinating authority. The new regulation will replace the existing legal framework laid down in Council regulation No 2847/93 as from 1.1.2010 for most of its provisions and as from 1.1.2011 for certain provisions requiring implementing measures.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
The Lisbon Treaty, signed by the 27 Member States in 2007, is set to provide the European Union with modern institutions optimizing working methods to tackle today's challenges in a changing global world. The Lisbon Treaty is going to change the old relationship between EU and ACP countries, rationalizing the EU development architecture. Revisiting the Common Commercial Policy, the Lisbon Treaty changes EU trade policy, which action includes “the integration of all countries into the world economy, including through the progressive abolition of restrictions on international trade”.
'Embedded’ trade analyst helps establish a network of services –the first of its kind in continental Africa. For food producers all over the world, the French gourmet chef is perhaps the most discerning of critics. With one nod of approval deciding the fate of many a high end supplier, it is nonetheless still seen as a prize worth aspiring towards. This is certainly what Uganda is working towards with vanilla. For according to research by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, there is a niche market in countries such as France and the USA.
The governments of Mozambique, Norway and Iceland have pledged to renew their cooperation in fisheries for the period 2009-2013, seeking to improve and make sustainable the exploitation of Mozambican fisheries resources. The programme of fisheries assistance for the next four years will be co-financed by Norway and Iceland to the tune of 27.7 million US dollars in grants, under new bilateral agreements and a tripartite memorandum of understanding. The funds will be used to strengthen the capacity and skills of the fisheries administration in the areas of research, fisheries management, aquaculture, artisanal fishing, quality control and training. It will also finance measures to improve the living conditions of fishing communities, and small and medium sized business activity.
In the context of the EPA negotiations the purpose of the (October 2009) study by the GRET and the AFD is to help fuel the French authorities’ reflection on different interpretations of article XXIV by analysing examples of existing FTAs that have not attracted complaints at the WTO. France views EPAs primarily as instruments to foster the development of ACP countries. It is therefore striving for maximum flexibility with respect to the pace of liberalisation and the extent of openness of ACP markets, wishing to make full use of the "asymmetry" permitted by the EC without overstepping the bounds of WTO rules. The aim is therefore to identify precedents and highlight examples of provisions allowing flexibility with regard to all the points at issue between the ACP regions and the EU in EPA negotiations.

European Parliament (Strasbourg):
- 23-26 November: Plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 23-24 November: Climate Smart Food
- 24 November: ACP Working Party
- 25 November: Coreper I; Working Parties: Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid, International Environment Issues Climate Change, International Environment Issues Desertification, Africa, Foreign Relations Counselors (RELEX), Financial Agricultural Questions
- 26 November: Coreper II; Working Parties: Development Cooperation, Africa, External Fisheries Policy
- 27 November: Working Parties: ACP, External Fisheries Policy, Agricultural Counselors/Attachés

ACP Secretariat (Brussels, Luanda):
- 23 November: African Union; Fisheries Steering Committee
- 25 November: Meetings of ACP members: Committee on Economic Development,
Finance and Trade, Committee on Political Affairs; UNEP
- 26 November: Meeting of the ACP members of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment; MEA Steering Committee; UNEP/MEA; Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- 27 November: 18th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and ACP-EU Joint PA; Regional Consultative meetings
- 28 November: Women’s Forum; Meeting of Committees: Social Affaires and the Environment, Political Affairs; Meeting of ACP members of the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
- 29 November: Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP-EU JPA

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/
Mr Pierre Berthelot, Director Coordination Unit, All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP) & Cos-coton Secretariat, is our guest. Mr Berthelot presents the AAACP: its background and objectives, and its financial allocation. He then explains how the programme works in terms of priority sectors and activities, the role of implementing organizations and the processes that lead to projects selection. He finally stresses the key point raised by the programme’s Mid-term Review and the way forward, together with highlighting some of the positive examples and lessons learnt of the programme.