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Saturday, 23 September 2017

The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, will provide EUR 15 million for investment by export focused agricultural companies in Malawi under a new lending initiative. The lending programme will be managed by First Merchant Bank (FMB) who will also provide EUR 15 million under the scheme.

A motion for a European Parliament resolution on ‘the EU approach to resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in developing countries: learning from food security crises’, was adopted by the European Parliament Committee on Development on the 5th November. The report of the Development Committee (2013/2110(INI)), presented by Gay Mitchel during the plenary sitting the 11th November 2013, details the EU approach to resilience. It notes that disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, community resilience and social protection are essential components of resilience.

On the 10th December, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Samoa has urged the European Union (EU) to work more closely with the ACP Group to identify “real needs and priorities”, while programming more than EUR 30 billion in aid for 2014-2020.“The accumulated experience of the last half-century… makes it abundantly clear that ownership is a key ingredient of successful economic partnership for development,” he told officials from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific while chairing the 98th session of the ACP Council of Ministers in Brussels.

In a move to support the timely implementation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, which will help developing countries by simplifying, harmonising and modernising international border procedures, Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs and Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, committed to cover a significant share of the funding needs of developing countries to implement the Agreement.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) held a one-day meeting on Monday 11 November at the ACP House in Brussels, to guide the preparation of a private sector support strategy for African, Caribbean and Pacific states and regions. The meeting brought together stakeholders from Europe and the ACP countries to discuss the initial findings of an ACP ad hoc working group and frame further work.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

During a visit to Bamako, last week, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs ,UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and World Bank President Jim Kong Kim pledged some €5 billion ($8 billion) to contribute to the region's stability.

Monday, 11 November 2013

The Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting for the first of a series of six meetings in Samoa the 17-19th of October. This is the first in a series of six regional consultations to solicit the views and secure positions of member states on the outlooks of the ACP Group after 2020.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Climate Initiative has announced that it has received 73 million euro from development partners - the EU and the Governments of Norway and the UK - to support climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region, including climate proofing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the region.

The European Union (EU) recently announced a contribution of  5.5 million Euro to support for decentralization efforts in Liberia. The aim of this project in Liberia is to contribute to the development of the country so that all Liberians, independently of where they live, will have access to services, benefit from inclusive economic growth and participate in political life.

The European Commission has given 265 million Euro to divide between 19 vulnerable  African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries. These funds are to help the countries survive the global financial crisis in 2010.