On the eve of a decisive vote in the European parliament on a market access regulation (1528/2007) that proposes to exclude certain ACP states from European Union trade preferences, the Secretary General of the ACP, Alhaji Muhammad MUMUNI called on April 15 on the MPs to refrain from taking action, as it is considered that voting for the regulation would be to the detriment of the ACP states concerned, and could be considered as a pressure.
The next Brussels Development Briefing will tackle the topic of ‘Food, geography, traditions: Protecting agricultural traditional products’, by looking at the challenges and opportunities for protecting traditional knowledge and registered agricultural products in a sustainable way.
Members of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) should make full use of the standby Facility, made available for capacity building under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), Clairvair Squires, Chief of the Technical Cooperation Division within the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) said.
African and Pacific countries must negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU keeping as their primary focus the policy flexibilities they need for their development and the building of production capacities, states an analytical note on the current State of Play of the agreements, drafted by The South Centre (the Centre) - an intergovernmental organization of developing countries - last month.
A 25% decrease in Kenyan beans sales was registered in January 2013, compared to January 2012, after the European Commission decided in December 2012 to increase to 10% the frequency of pesticide residues border controls on French beans and peas imported from the country, the Fresh Produce Association of Kenya (FPEAK) claims.
Discussing organic virgin coconut oil as an export commodity was the focus of an official's visit to a production site in Samoa on April 3. Fatumanava Dr Pa’o Luteru, Samoas Ambassador to Brussels, and Bobby Byll, from the Secretariat of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States were in Samoa for meetings with relevant stakeholders potentially involved on the Pacific Regional Coconut Developpement Dossier project, in order to gather information on feasible coconut-related projects.
In an interview with Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of Europabio, the European association of bio-industries, we discussed the differences in synchronization between the adoption rate of GM crops in Europe and at the global scale, and the impact that this has especially on the developing countries in the ACP group.
The European Commission presented on March 27 a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable.
The group of ACP Sugar Suppliers from least developed countries (LDCs) to the EU is disappointed with the EU Agriculture Council’s agreement to extend the quotas for sugar by only two years to 2017 instead of 2020 as agreed by the European Parliament, and sees the Council’s mandate as a tantamount to treating the ACP/LDC as ‘residual players to be considered solely as collateral damage in a political compromise’.