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Wednesday, 18 July 2018
A new International Fairtrade Towns website has been launched on July 14 by the Fairtrade Foundation with partners across Europe. The new website is aimed at connecting nearly 700 Fairtrade towns in 18 countries, by combining information about the history of Fairtrade Towns internationally, a Google map, the latest news and events, as well as downloadable resources and tools. An interactive social networking section is to be present, where campaigners can share ideas through forums and discussion groups. It's currently available in eight languages and is part of a three-year European Union funded Fairtrade Towns in Europe project launched in 2007.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has voiced concerns over the European Union’s ‘inflexibility’ in the ongoing negotiations with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Speaking in Abuja at the weekend after a two day sensitisation meeting of stakeholders, NANTS President Ken Ukaoha said that over the past eight years of negotiations, the EU have refused to take into consideration the peculiar situation of African nations as the least developed countries of the world.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
The European Union has pressurised Ghana to sign an economic partnership agreement (EPA) despite civil society concerns being raised about the detrimental effects further trade liberalisation will have on development in the West African country. IPS’s Francis Kokutse fired some questions at Dick Naezer, head of the macro-economic trade section of the European Union delegation in Ghana, to understand why he directed this call at Ghana’s government.
Two of Mauritius' leading sugar producers listed on the Indian Ocean island's benchmark SEMDEX index announced they may merge within five months. Mauritius' sugar sector, a centuries-old pillar of the palm-fringed island's economy, has suffered as the European Union has cut its guaranteed price offered to exporters from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) bloc.
Monday, 14 September 2009
The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held in Brussels on 23rd September 2009 from 8h30 to 13h00 on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” (Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Room 1D). This Briefing will discuss the effects of the financial and food crisis on enterprises in developing countries and also the opportunities this can provide to link local SMEs to global economies. Experts will also discuss investment programmes needed to support SMEs in order to promote growth and investments, upgrade and upscale SMEs to reach regional and exports markets. This session will also share concrete examples of SMEs being successful by boosting innovation and technology, processing, value-addition, infrastructure upgrading.

The 2959th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 7 September 2009 took note of the request made by Poland, supported by Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Austria, Slovakia and Finland, inviting the Commission to take concrete measures aimed at stabilising the cereals market. Poland suggested a number of new possible intervention instruments and the rapid use of existing ones under EC legislation.

Thursday, 10 September 2009
The climate, the economic crisis and trade are some of the issues South African President Jacob Zuma and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be discussing on Friday when the EU and South Africa meet at summit level. Regional issues such as Zimbabwe can also be found on the agenda.
"We are 53 diverse countries differently affected by the crisis, 1 billion people that cannot be ignored". That was the stark message to Members of Parliament's Development Committee from Donald Kaberuka, the head of Africa's Development Bank at a hearing on 3 September in Brussels. The economic crisis has hit the continent hard with falling commodity prices leading to reduced incomes.
South Africa’s fishing industry may face increased competition from Namibian fish exports, which could spell disaster for the local industry. Because Namibia has still to sign an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, which is expected to result in it losing its trade preferences later this year, industry role players have warned that the country is likely to divert most of its exports, currently destined for the European market, to South Africa.
Wednesday, 09 September 2009
Illovo Sugar Malawi Limited says although the country does not export its sugar to the open overseas markets, the company would benefit from the current soaring of sugar prices on the international market through its exports to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).Illovo Sugar Malawi’s spokesperson, Ireen Phalula, said the company’s sugar exports to Europe are based on fixed prices and as such may not directly benefit from the price rise.