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Monday, 23 April 2018

At the 3302nd Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting held in Brussels on 11 March 2014 adopted regulations underpinning the following external EU financial instruments for the period 2014-2020.

The Secretary General of the East African Community Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera has arrived in Brussels, Belgium to take part in the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF) regional programming taking place on 13-14 March 2014.
Amb. Sezibera, who is in Brussels at the invitation of the European Commission and European External Action Service, will join the other CEOs of RECs in the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean Union region to finalize the Rules of Procedures, Memorandum of Understanding on the governance of the Regional Indicative Programme; and a list of actions to be financed under the cross-regional envelope.

European Union  envoy Alberto Navarro on Thursday said the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries view Dominican Republic as a model for development, given its robust  and dynamic economy.
The diplomat said the Caribbean nation is moves in giant steps. "We’re confident that the funds provided by the European Union to contribute to its development, are well spent."
He said the EU disburses and increases fund only when there’s good performance. "What the European Union does is reward the effort and the work."

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

International Year of Family Farming 2014 – The Role of the European Union
In the context of the 'International Year of Family Farming 2014' of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO), the AGRI Committee is organising a conference on family farming in the European Union. Family farming is the dominant model of farming in the EU and the rest of the world, but other forms exist. The event will bring together speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including academics, farmers, development specialists and FAO Director Marcela Villarreal

Deadline for registration: 12.03.14.

Scientists from European and African academic associations meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week (27 February) joined forces in calling for the use of biotechnology in African agriculture.
The scientists, from the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), said that agricultural biotechnology could contribute to sustainable agriculture and to providing nutrition to people across the continent. Many of the world’s most food insecure regions are in Africa.
The scientists called for increasing the amount of African-led research into agricultural biotechnology, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

Monday, 10 March 2014

The world is increasingly looking to Africa to meet growing global food requirements. Foreign investment in the agricultural industry is growing in countries like Ethiopia, which are deemed to have high potential. A 2013 World Bank report titled Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness states the continent has the potential to create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030.
“I think agriculture is definitely one of the biggest growth areas for Africa,” says Mucai Kunyiha, managing director of leading Kenya-based animal health company Cooper K-Brands.Kunyiha says Africa has huge tracts of arable land, water and technology. What lacks, and is partly to blame for food insecurity in parts of the continent, is the right application of technology, the work ethic and vision to fully maximise the potential.

On Monday, 3 March (15:00 - 18:30) the Committee on Development will vote on the outcome of negotiations with the Council on a decision to make 2015 the 'European Year for Development', as well as on reports on child soldiers, Policy Coherence for Development, a resolution on aid for the DR Congo in support of governance and an opinion in view of the forthcoming UN General Assembly. MEPs will discuss a study on the Joint EU-Africa Strategy and, jointly with AFET, preparations for the EU-Africa summit and the parliamentary summit preceding it on 31 March to 1 April.

In the last decade, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) have worked together in 115 countries across the globe, toward the shared goals of helping countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the fight against poverty, building sustainable human development, and establishing solid foundations for peace and recovery from crisis. UNDP and EU share the same values and objectives, making us natural partners.

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will announce €620 million of new EU support to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and €460 million for Rwanda for the period 2014-2020, during a visit to the Great Lakes region in Central Africa together with the Belgian Minister for International Cooperation, Jean-Pascal Labille. The amounts represent a significant increase of funding compared to recent years. Overall, governments and regional organisations in Central Africa, which comprises ten countries, will receive close to €3 billion of EU support over the period 2014-2020

Friday, 07 March 2014

The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe's most powerful military and political figures on Monday 17 February and is expected to pave the way for the EU to resume development aid support to the Zimbabwe government as of 2015. The EU which enforced  sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 in protest at human rights abuses and violations of democracy under Mugabe’s regime, has gradually lessened sanctions over the last few years to encourage political reform.