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Monday, 21 May 2018
Ministers and National Authorising Officers of ACP member States of COMESA, EAC, IGAD and IOC, their chief executives, and high level Officials of the European Commission held a two-day high level meeting in Zambia’s capital Lusaka on 14th to 15th September, 2009. The joint high-level meeting was held under the theme “Enhancing delivery on the regional integration agenda in the ESA-IO region”. Key issues The meeting discussed latest developments on regional integration in the Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region, and more specifically concerning the use of EC funding for regional integration.
Dr. Len Ishmael, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is visiting Finland hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 14-15 September. Len Ishmael from St. Lucia leads the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), formed by nine island states in the Eastern Caribbean. Established in 1981, the organisation has developed the cooperation between the member states so that the countries currently have a common Currency Union and central bank, close cooperation between the respective judicial systems, and strivings for closer political collaboration.

The European Union is sticking to its guns that the integrated rum programme, which funds the modernisation of the rum producing plants in Cariforum countries and prepares regional producers for full liberalisation of the EU rum market, will not be extended after the planned end date of June 2010. This is despite continuing lobby efforts by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Association (WIRSPA) for the seven-year-old programme to be rolled over.

European Union Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnick, paid a visit to African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the framework of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership signed by the African Union (AU) and the EU at the Lisbon Summit in December 2007. Commissioner Potočnick had a meeting with the AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology to discuss the ongoing partnership on science and technology, Mr Jean Pierre Ezin. They reviewed the major fields of cooperation and focused on space research, earth science, environment monitoring as well as peace building partnership. To this regard, Commissioner Potočnick has been briefed on the Department of Peace and Security Continental Early Warning System (CEWS).
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
The term BRIC refers to the fast-growing developing economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China—a class of middle-income emerging market economies of relatively large size that are capable of self-sustained expansion. However, there are concerns about how the current financial crisis will affect the BRICs, and whether Brazil should remain within this group. Senior Scholar Jan Kregel reviews the implications of the global crisis for developing countries, based on the factors driving global trade. He concludes that the key for developing countries is to transform from export-led to domestic demand–led growth.
Monday, 28 September 2009
The European Commission is to provide €3 million to relieve the most urgent needs of victims of the severe flooding that hit West Africa in early September. Particular attention will be paid to the inhabitants of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Almost 150,000 people have been affected by the floods. The funding is to be managed by the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Karel De Gucht. A fact-finding mission by a Commission humanitarian aid expert found that 150000 people were affected to varying degrees.
A Needs Prioritization workshop has opened at the International Convention Centre Lilendaal, Georgetown, to help African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states build capacity to address environmental issues by addressing critical issues relating to the implementation of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and to empower ACP countries with critical knowledge, skills and abilities to increase the implementation rate of MEAs.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009

EU policies are more coherent and positive for development in poor countries. In the recently adopted EU Report on Policy Coherence for Development, the European Commission shows that development concerns have been integrated in all the 12 policy areas which have an impact on poor countries. In the areas of research, energy and environment, EU policies have been particularly positive for developing countries.

On 30 September 2009, the Sugar Protocol will officially expire. Following a six year transition period, the Protocol - which provides a group of ACP countries with guaranteed access to the EU market for fixed quantities of sugar at preferential prices - will be replaced by a non-reciprocal duty and quota-free preferential trade system on 1 October 2015. This article examines these changes to the EU-ACP sugar trade regime. Provisions have been made to allow for a gradual adaptation to the new reality from October 2009 to October 2015. During this period, three major changes will be introduced: guaranteed prices will decrease and finally disappear, quotas will be increased, and the number of ACP countries which can benefit from preferential relations with the EU for sugar will tripple.

Monday, 21 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.