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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

As both Europe and China are turning their eyes to Africa, they can join hands to help the most less-developed continent to develop economy and address migration issues at the same time. In recent days Africa is receiving worldwide attention with several events. Accompanied by a business delegation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was travelling this week to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, focusing on development aid and illegal migration.

Chancellor Merkel has arrived in Senegal ahead of visits to Ghana and Nigeria. With nearly a dozen CEOs in tow, the German chancellor hopes that economic development will curb migration from the region. German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed in Senegal late on Wednesday as she starts off a three-country west African tour.

More and more Kenyans are planting avocados in their fields, even at the cost of abandoning their traditional coffee or tea crops, as European demand for this product is strong. "When the avocado market skyrocketed, we thought it was more interesting to plant these trees.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United Kingdom (UK) will replicate the European Union’s (EU) economic partnership agreement with the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and Mozambique after Britain exits the EU next year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Senegal on Wednesday, at the start of a west African tour, with Berlin hoping that development of the continent will help stem migration and boost the fight against jihadism. Signalling that Germany means business, Merkel was accompanied by around a dozen German business leaders.

Friday, 31 August 2018

The European Union (EU) has lifted the five-year ban imposed on Kenyan pea farmers on August 24, 2018. According to managing director Esther Kimani from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis), the EU Commission recognised the determination farmers had in adhering to the EU standards.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme will jointly provide a $4 million loan to Global Tea & Commodities, a London-based company that produces tea, coffee and Macadamia nuts for the European Union, the United States, Asia and Africa.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The African Union has appointed Carlos Lopes, a member of President Paul Kagame's dream team in reforming the continental body and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as the high representative for the post-2020 negotiations with the European Union.

Africa’s share of the European avocado market fell from 27% to 18% between 2014 and 2017, according to FreshFruitPortal, citing data from Eurostat. While African avocado exports to the EU actually rose by about 5% over this period, from 82,000 to 86,000 tonnes, this increase is marginal compared to the 59% leap in avocado imports to the EU between 2014 and 2017 (from 305,000 to 486,000 tonnes).

Thursday, 12 July 2018

According to the European Commission, third countries that export animals and animal products to the European Union will have to abide by new rules on veterinary medicines when it comes to the use of antibiotics. But non-EU countries warn that this could break WTO rules as well as have severe implications on global trade.