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Saturday, 22 July 2017

The European Union is looking to expand direct budget support to Fiji through the Ministry of Economy to fund a range of collaborative development programmes. This announcement followed a meeting between Attorney‑General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum and an EU delegation. The EU delegation consisted of the Head of Unit of Centralised Operations, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific, Jobst Von Kirchman, the Development Coordinator for the Pacific Region, Mathias Reusing, Head of Cooperation, Christopher Wagner and the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Germany urged other developed countries on Friday to support a plan it is finalising to bolster the economies of Africa, create jobs and slow the flow of migrants from the continent to Europe. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her officials, anxious to stop growing numbers of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea, are pushing for increased public and private investment in Africa. Development Minister Gerd Mueller said Germany would in coming weeks release details of what he called a new "Marshall Plan with Africa" - drawing a direct parallel with the huge U.S. investment programme that kick-started the ravaged German economy after World War Two.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are working together to support businesses – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises – and trade in developing countries. The Director-General of DG DEVCO, Stefano Manservisi, met ITC Executive Director Arancha González in Brussels on 9 November to discuss how better-informed decision-making can support the private sector and trade in developing countries and related aid delivery.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Germany on Monday pledged a 61-million-euro ($67.44 million) hike in funding for U.N. relief operations in Africa so that fewer of its people undertake perilous odysseys to Europe, which has struggled to absorb an influx of migrants since last year. The extra funding lifts Germany's total contribution to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to 298 million euros for 2016, Foreign Ministry officials said. Its total humanitarian budget for 2016 was 1.28 billion euros, up from just 105 million euros in 2012.

Government needs to have a clear sectoral strategy before the disbursement of forty-five million dollars by the European Union. EU Ambassador for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs says there were certain conditions that needed to be worked out in partnership with the Government before the financial assistance program could be rolled out. Jacobs has confirmed they are working very closely with the Sugar Ministry and Agriculture Ministry on defining benchmarks that will trigger disbursement of the support.

In a world-first, the Pacific has launched a regional industry association for practitioners involved in climate change, disasters and other sectors related to building resilience. The Pacific Regional Federation for Resilience Professionals will boost the skills, education, training and employment opportunities for diverse professionals dedicated to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and maintaining ecosystem services in a highly vulnerable region. The launch by the European Union, Pacific community, and The University of the South Pacific took place at the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, Fiji, within the margins of Pacific Resilience Week 2016.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016

The newly refurbished Nadi District Emergency Operations Centre and the Western Division Emergency Operations Centre - Planning Office and Divisional Controller’s Office in Lautoka were opened today. This was made possible through the European Union funded ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project which is implemented by the Pacific Community. The cost of the project was $92,236. Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Meleti Bainimarama says the new office will ensure government services are not disrupted during an emergency.

In many regions of central and northern Tanzania, lives and livelihoods suffer from periodic weather-related stress, particularly from below-normal rainfall. The resulting crop failures and loss of livestock increases economic hardship, forcing thousands of families to skip meals, sell assets, cut back on medical care, or stop attending school. While these strategies help populations live through difficult times, they dampen quality of life and limit opportunities for development.

European Union (EU) Ambassador to Liberia Tiina intelmann along with two visiting members of Estonia's parliament, on Tuesday toured EU supported projects in Liberia including the ongoing Mount Coffee Hydropower rehabilitation project. The fieldtrip gave the EU delegation the opportunity to speak directly to implementing partners. Among the projects the EU delegation visited to gauge impact were the Monrovia-Bo Waterside road, the support to Ebola affected communities in Bomi County, the site of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture, Nutrition and Income project, and the 'Cash Transfer Scheme' to beneficiaries.

The European Investment Bank or EIB has listed renewable energy, water and livestock projects as some of the sectors of the Namibian economy that it is interested in funding. Vice president Pim van Ballekom told The Namibian that his visit to Namibia this week was to explore more investment opportunities. Van Ballekom held meetings with President Hage Geingob, finance minister Calle Schlettwein and officials of NamPower and Namibia Breweries. He said the bank's lending rates are favourable since the bank is not expected to pay dividends to the 28 members of the European Union, who are its shareholders.