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EDITO
Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Crans Montana Forum has announced the launch, in March 2015, of the Club of Atlantic Africa, which it describes as a “major initiative” in terms of development support and regional integration in Africa. “The club’s founding session will be held in Dakhla, on 13 March 2015, within the framework of the Forum on Africa and South-South cooperation,” according to the press release of the prestigious Geneva-based organisation. “The club represents an exclusive international community, which brings together key decision-makers, from business and political circles committed to Africa.”

On 2 December 2014, in Bobo-Dioulasso, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Craft Trades, Bernard Zougouri, launched the project activities to support the marketing of dried mango and cashew nuts processed in Burkina Faso. The ultimate aim of this three-year project is to increase export earnings and the income of operators in these two sectors. The project to support the marketing of dried mango and processed cashew nuts is costing 1.6 billion CFA francs, spread over three years. The project will be implemented by the national unit for the implementation of the Enhanced Integrated Framework, in cooperation with the Dutch Development Agency (SNV).

The 16th annual congress of the Association Nkoul-Bebend, held last weekend in Abong-Mbang, ended with several strong declarations. Within the next few days, a community radio station, built with funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) and with the assistance of the National Programme for Participatory Development (PNDP), will broadcast live from Atok. In collaboration with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Abong-Mbang will soon house a multipurpose community tele-centre. Participants in this assembly also learnt that a section of the association is in the process of being set up in France. 

The European Commission has announced the adoption in Brussels, on 19 November 2014, of two major programmes in favour of Madagascar. These programmes are intended to empower the authorities to respond to emergencies created by the crisis, combat poverty and improve democratic and economic governance in order to promote sustainable, inclusive growth, in accordance with the State’s general policy determined by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Madagascar.

The objective of the Joint Programming Document (JPD), recently signed between Senegal and the European Union for the period 2014¬¬–2017, is to ensure greater consistency and complementarity between the aid granted by the European Commission and the bilateral aid provided by the Member States. The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amadou Bâ, and the Head of the European Union Delegation in Senegal, Mrs Dominique Dellicour, as well as the ambassadors of Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and the representative of the European Investment Bank (EIB), yesterday signed the Joint Programming Document (JPD).

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, held a meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Brussels with the new European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica (Croatia). Their discussions focused mainly on the issue of maritime security. Togo will organise in October 2015, under the aegis of the African Union, an international summit on this theme. The countries of the Gulf of Guinea are regularly subject to pirate attacks. But the threat of the various forms of trafficking in drugs and arms also needs to be taken into consideration, since such trafficking funds the activities of terrorists and organised criminal groups.

Recognizing that the private sector is adopting an increasingly higher profile in global development efforts, European Union development ministers agreed Friday on an ambitious set of proposals to strengthen the role of the private sector in future EU-funded projects. During their Development Council meeting in Brussels, the 28 ministers adopted an “action-oriented perspective” that lists various forms in which companies can contribute to development cooperation. “The private sector is emerging as an increasingly active player in the development field,” the ministers noted in the document. “The council underlines in particular the need to strengthen the role of the private sector in implementing the future sustainable development goals.” Building on proposals presented in May by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, EU member states decided to forge ahead with the commission’s ideas and “raise awareness [over] opportunities and conditions for successful partnerships with the private sector.”

The African Union Commission (AUC) yesterday signed a Joint Programming Arrangement (JPA) to support the AUC Trade and Industry Program led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under Pillar III "Integration, Cooperation and Partnerships" with Development Partners in Addis Ababa. Four African Union partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK) and Sweden signed this arrangement in order to enhance coordination among partners supporting the AUC in the areas of trade, industry and customs.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Barbados is getting some help in developing its Black Belly sheep industry and putting its herbs, spices and condiments business on a better commercial scale. The assistance is coming through an Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) financed under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), which is the main instrument for European Union aid for development cooperation with the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries. During the launch of the Barbados part of the region-wide programme, project spokeswoman Ena Harvey of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture said Barbados would be helped to significantly increase its Black Belly sheep population. She also said emphasis would be placed on the genetic side, on registration and management of the stock. Under the EDF, about $21.3 million will be available for projects in 15 regional countries over four years.

The EU has strongly supported the accession of the Seychelles and is very pleased to welcome our partner in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific group as a new member of the WTO family,' said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. 'This accession and the queue of 22 countries that want to join continue to highlight the indispensable value of multilateralism.' After 19 years of multilateral negotiations, the accession process was given a boost when on 23 October 2013 the EU and the Seychelles concluded their bilateral market access negotiations on the island state's WTO accession. Remaining bilateral negotiations with other trading partners and the multilateral work in a WTO working party subsequently speeded up.