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Monday, 28 May 2018

Last Thursday, the ministers of Planning, Social Affairs and Employment, Women’s Rights and the National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund launched, in partnership with the European Union, the Programme to Strengthen the Organisations of Haitian Civil Society (PROSCH). Financed by the European Union with €5 million over the next four years, this programme aims to promote the establishment of democracy in Haiti though an increasing, fair and effective involvement of civil society in political, economic and social decision-making processes.

Last Friday in Dakar, the Senegalese government and the EU signed three financial agreements worth over 15 billion CFA Francs for domestic security, transport and the Programme for Competitiveness in West Africa (PCAO). The agreements were signed by Finance Minister Amadou Bâ and the EU ambassador to Senegal, Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay. “The first injection, of 6.5 billion CFA Francs, is earmarked for cooperation on internal security between Senegal and the European Union,” said Amadou Bâ.

On Friday 13th April 2018, the governor of the Hauts-Bassins region, Antoine Atiou, presided over the official launch ceremony of the ‘Integrated Programme for the Diversification of Production and Improvement of Nutrition in the Hauts-Bassins region’ (PADIS project).This project, financed by the German Ministry of Cooperation and Development BMZ, has been launched by the NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF) in partnership with CBM (Christoffel Blindenmission).

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced plans to expand into sub-Saharan Africa, according to its president Suma Chakrabarti. In addition, he said the bank intended to lend an additional €2.5 to €3 billion on top of the €9.5 billion averaged over the past few years, without having to raise additional capital.

Monday, 23 April 2018

The Caribbean Export Development Agency in cooperation with the European Union is working with the Saint Lucia Trade Promotions Agency (TEPA) to sensitize the local business community on the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS). As a part of its sensitization drive, the agencies hosted a one-day proposal writing workshop for Businesses and Business Support Organizations to increase the awareness and understanding of accessing the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme.

The European Union has agreed to provide Mozambique with 30 million euros (about 37 million US dollars) to support the campaign for improved nutrition over the next four years. The drive to combat chronic malnutrition is being undertaken by the Ministry of Health through the National Health Institute (INS). Geert Anckaert, the head of operations in the Economic Development and Governance section of the EU delegation in Maputo, announced the financing on Thursday, during the launch of a project to assess nutrition programmes and policies.

Friday, 20 April 2018

EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel says Europe is dedicated to helping Africa build a single digital market, so that e-commerce can pave the way to better jobs and greater equality on the continent. Mindful of its own experience in building a single digital market, the European Union is dedicated to helping Africa do likewise and help unleash the transformative power of e-commerce on the continent, the EU’s digital economy and society commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, has said on the opening day of UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week in Geneva.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

President Uhuru Kenyatta has emphasized the need for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries to be accorded increased access to the European Union (EU) market. He said such arrangements like the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) should recognise each country’s level of development so that no country feels disadvantaged. President Kenyatta observed that the ACP countries were at different levels of development and can only reap maximum benefit from the EPAs if their individual levels of economic development are taken into consideration.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Mr Tetteh Hormeku, Head of Programmes at the Third World Network, has advised governments in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to use lessons from the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for the post-Cotonou possible framework. He said the ACP countries would get “the same rotten deal we got from the EPA” if they failed to apply the experiences gained from the EPA. Mr Hormeku was speaking at the opening of a two-day Civil Society Consultative Seminar on the Post-Cotonou Agreement in Accra.

While preparing for talks on future relations with the European Union (EU) after the Cotonou Agreement expires in February 2020, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is engaged in concerted efforts to reshape itself into "an effective global player" serving as a catalyst and an advocate for defending, protecting and advancing multilateralism, within the overarching framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).