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Monday, 20 November 2017
To intensify the country’s international relations, Finland has established diplomatic relations with the Commonwealth of Dominica. Following the decision on diplomatic relations taken by the President of the Republic, Ambassador Jaakko Laajava, the Finnish Ambassador to the United Kingdom based in London, and Acting High Commissioner Agnes Adonis of the Commonwealth of Dominica signed the joint communiqué ratifying diplomatic relations.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will receive 4 million EURO over five years to implement the project. During the 2006 Pacific Islands Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting, SPC’s Land Resource Division was asked to submit a proposal to the EU to fund a pilot project on Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT).
The Europeans are mounting pressure on African countries to sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). But experts have warned against it. They argued that it favours Europe only and that economic development in Africa must be allowed to kick-off out of internal evolution. But the news filtering out is that the West African sub continent is about to sign the deal.
A number of Namibian civil society organisations, as well as the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), have supported the government’s decision not to sign the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EPA) with the European Union, amid concerns that it caused discord among Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) member States.
The EIB attended the signature of a LSL 201 million works contract with the Lesotho Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) for the rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of wastewater plants in the Maseru region.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009

Members of CARIFORUM have made it clear to the European Commission that the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Indicative Programme, signed between the two entities, is inadequate. The 10th EDF Programme they say is insufficient to meaningfully assist the region in building capacity for the European Partnership Agreement (EPA), while developing cooperation and integration processes. Saint Lucia's Minister for Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs Tessa Mangal, who recently represented government at the CARIFORUM/EC Dialogue on Regional Integration and Cooperation, endorses this view.

The European Commission has today formally approved the Annual Action Programme 2009 for the United Republic of Tanzania providing the country with € 385 million in assistance for budget support and infrastructure programmes that will enable pro-poor economic growth.

The European Commission has allocated €9 million to safeguard access to food for vulnerable people affected by the breakdown of essential services in Zimbabwe. The funds will be channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Karel De Gucht.
Source: European Commission
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
On 1st July 2009, 70 experts attended the 12th Brussels Development Briefing organised by the CTA and its partners on "The Role of Livestock for ACP countries: challenges and opportunities ahead”. This Briefing discussed key issues on livestock for ACP countries and reviewed the role of livestock for ACP economies and the drivers of change. For further information (including presentations and interviews): http://www.brusselsbriefings.net.
Thursday, 09 July 2009
Governments are misusing EU rural development funds by channelling money to farm lobbies rather than using it for projects to improve biodiversity, argues a global alliance of national conservation NGOs in a new study. We have shown that there is a lot of abuse going on, and member states are clearly favouring certain farm lobbies rather than environmental benefits", aid Ariel Brunner, BirdLife International's senior EU agriculture policy officer, lamenting that national governments are failing to grasp the environmental opportunities provided by the EU's Rural Development Policy . A BirdLife study published on 7 May, reviews the potential effects on biodiversity of the EU's rural development programmes 2007-2013, and presents a range of best and worst-practice case studies.
Source: Euractiv