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Monday, 25 September 2017

The National Assembly Members Tuesday adopted the report on the 42nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 31st Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly held in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, from 8 to 15 June 2016. Tabling the report before lawmakers, the National Assembly Member for Banjul North, Hon. Alhagie Sillah, the head of the delegation, said the ACP-EU JPA brings together MEPs and MPs from 78 European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States that have signed the Cotonou Agreement, which is the basis for ACP-EU cooperation and development work.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016

On 18 September, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) received GBP3 million (about $3.9 million) from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) for its cash and voucher assistance programme supporting conflict-affected communities in Sudan. WFP plans to use GBP2 million ($2.6 million) to support 220,000 displaced across Darfur with vouchers for four months, helping them to purchase a wide variety of food items from local shops.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The European External Investment Plan (EEIP) is an innovative approach to boost investments in Africa and EU Neighbourhood countries. These investments shall contribute to creating sustainable growth and inclusive jobs, particularly in socio-economic sectors such as sustainable energy or social infrastructure and support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The EEIP consists of three complementary pillars: The first provides improved access to finance. At its heart lies a new European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) which combines existing investment facilities with a new guarantee.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Europe is at last fully converted to the merits of boosting investment in order to achieve sustainable growth. The EU is doing so with an internal investment plan (commonly referred to as the Juncker Plan or as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), writes San Bilal. San Bilal is the Head of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) Economic Transformation and Trade Programme. In his State of the Union address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the doubling of its duration and its amount, to at least €500 billion.

WFP plans to use GBP 2 million to support 220,000 displaced people across Darfur with vouchers for four months, helping them to purchase a wide variety of food items from local shops. The remaining GBP 1 million will be used to top up a contribution of GBP 2.2 million that WFP received early this year for the launch of a cash assistance programme. While providing families with food items they can purchase and eat, cash and vouchers also boost the local economy, helping to stimulate markets by engaging traders that buy from local farmers and markets.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Brussels has launched a 'Marshall Plan' for Africa contemplating an initial expenditure of 3.7 billion euros but with an investment potential of up to 88 billion euros in an attempt to tackle the root causes of migration to Europe. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has described the plan as a 'Copernican revolution'. The aim is to promote development, employment and stability in Africa by creating opportunities for EU companies and beneficiary countries. The European Commission hopes to see the plan in place befoe the EU-Africa summit in March 2017.

The European Union's new 44 billion euro (37.73 billion pounds) Africa fund aims to entice private investors to some of the world's poorest nations and slow mass migration to Europe, the EU's development chief Neven Mimica said. The fund, unveiled last week by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, could be up and running by mid-2017, Mimica said, and is based on a similar, larger fund for Europe already operating. It will rely mainly on private investors and development banks to fund selected commercial projects that might otherwise be considered too risky for funding by commercial lenders, Mimica told Reuters in an interview.

The cost of disaster is critical in determining the support and impact on countries and the Federated States of Micronesia has been struggling to determine the full cost of Typhoons Maysak and Dolphin in 2015 and the recent crippling drought. To support this process, a Post Disasters Needs Assessment training is being conducted for disaster experts from the four states of FSM — Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap. The training which begins today in Colonia, Yap, is supported by the Pacific Community or SPC and the European Union through the ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The European Commission today proposed to set up a new European External Investment Plan (EIP) to encourage investment in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood, strengthen partnerships and contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Announcing the initiative, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, said: “If we look at the Middle East and Africa, we see regions with a huge potential that is being held back by war, poverty, the lack of infrastructure, and weak governance. Our European Union is already the first donor worldwide: we invest more in development cooperation than the rest of the world combined.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Foreign envoys accredited to Rwanda have reaffirmed their countries' commitment to supporting refugees in the country. The pledge was made on Thursday as nine ambassadors and high commissioners from US, Canada, Kenya, Egypt, United Kingdom, Belgium, European Union, Germany, and South Korea, toured Mahama refugee camp in Kirehe District, home to 50, 013 Burundian refugees. The tour was organised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs.