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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Spain will grant 28 million euros to Mauritania between 2014 and 2017 according to a new compromise signed on 5 June by Spain and Mauritania’s Foreign Ministers, José Manuel García-Margallo and Ahmed Ould Teguedi. Mauritania is considered a priority partner country for Madrid. The funding  will be allocated to governance, rural development, food safety programmes and health initiatives.

The European Union agreed to an additional grant of 80 million Euros for the creation of jobs in the four States of the Niger Delta region, Nigeria.  The Nigerian Minister of National Planning, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, said at the local launch of the project to boost job creation in the States - a project whose full implementation in other States has already begun. The SEEFOR project (States’ Employment and Expenditure for Results) will be funded by a loan of 200 million USD from the World Bank.

Ghana and the EU have concluded a four-year 1.5 billion Euros grant agreement to support the country’s agricultural sector and social protection development agenda. After the signing of the agreement, Claude Marten, EU Ambassador in Ghana, explained that the EU is convinced about the political, social and economic achievements of Ghana and is thus committed to assist this country with this grant.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Prof Dr Rainer Fischer, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME went to Addis Ababa to explore opportunities to deepen cooperation between the EU and Africa on scientific and technological research and development. During their meeting, they  focused on the fields of sustainable biomaterials, sustainable energy and industry, innovative agriculture, vaccines against diseases of poverty, as well as innovative approaches for the discovery of bioactive small molecules using endogenous bioresources. Fraunhofer IME has already taken part to a number of research projects engaging with Africa.

The workshop committee in charge of monitoring and formulating the implementation of the environmental policy in Senegal was held last week with the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Mor Ngom as Chairman and in the presence of the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Senegal, Dominique Dellicour. The Minister revealed the upcoming signing of an addendum on sustainable agriculture in partnership with the European Union.

Leonidas Tezapsidis, Ambassador of the European Union in Madagascar, recently declared at the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), Madagascar could be given 455 million Euros which will not be refundable and for use during 2014-2020 with a first release of funding in December.

The European Commission proposals for tackling the “intertwined challenges of eliminating poverty” and “ensuring progress is sustainable”, in the EU's contribution to the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Governments and the UN are already in negotiation over the SDGs, a set of targets to take over from the Millennium Development Goals, which expire in 2015. The SDGs are to apply to the entire world, pushing governments to balance economic and social progress with the environment’s capacity to regenerate.

As a result of May’s European elections, the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) will hold seven seats in the next European Parliament, its first win since the party’s foundation in early 2013. But on development policy, the party still has much explaining to do: the party’s election agenda contains only a single paragraph concerning this area.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Chiredzi sugar cane farmers operating under Canelands Trust expect to increase their production to 97 204 tonnes during the 2014/15 season. The goal is to reach 127 000 tonnes in the 2015-16 season, Canelands Trustee board member Stephen Schwarer said. Speaking at the National Sugar Adaptation Strategy field visit by the European Union (EU) delegation, Schwarer said  the expected tonnages were achievable because of the good rains received this year.

The EU is willing to fund a study on the opportunity costs of not having a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in place. Mr. Ewout Sandker, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the EU to Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories, made the announcement on Monday 26 May. He stressed the importance of a solid data foundation for development in general, and regional integration in particular.