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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Marine aquaculture is a new cooperative initiative between Senegal and Morocco designed to offset declining catches, but it is also hoped that it will help boost world production, explained Muguette Bâ, CEO of the National Aquaculture Agency (Agence nationale de l'aquaculture – ANA) in Dakar on Wednesday. “Cooperation in this field is important, because we share the Atlantic fringe and there is potential to be developed, if we pool all our skills to face the challenges and upgrade fish-farming in Africa,” Mr Bâ stated.

Following ten or so political parties from the Presidential and governmental sphere of influence, both Houses of the Burundian Parliament also published a joint declaration, on Friday, in which they strongly condemned a recent resolution of the European Parliament (EU) threatening Burundi with economic and diplomatic sanctions if the human rights situation does not soon improve. This highly controversial resolution, No 2014/2833 (RSP), dated August, expressly demanded that Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a well-known human rights defence counsel in Burundi, should be released “unconditionally”, since he has now been subjected to four months preventive detention in Bujumbura central prison for “threatening the internal and external security of the State”.

According to APA, the Ordinary General Meeting of the Federation of West African Employer Organisations (FWAEO) was opened on Tuesday at Enterprise House in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, with Minister for Industry and Mines Jean-Claude Brou in attendance. This session, forum for a number of communications, provided an opportunity for West African employers to learn about matters connected with the ECOWAS “Common External Tariff (Tarif Extérieur Commun – TEC) and the ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as well as the ECOWAS policy for industry and the private sector,” stated FWAEO President Jean Kacou Diagou.

Former governor general Michaëlle Jean has been chosen as secretary-general of la Francophonie, the organization announced today. Jean was chosen by consensus at the summit of French-speaking nations in Dakar, Senegal, which began on Saturday. She becomes the first woman to hold the position. The organization has 57 members or associate members, while another 20 jurisdictions have observer status. "I am very excited to work with all these women and all these men who make and live the Francophonie daily," Jean said in a written statement following the announcement.

In the world of fashion, international brands are preferred by African consumers. By 2017, Africa will be the number two priority market for European consumer goods industries, according to a study by Deloitte. The continent is expected to have boosted its annual GDP by 1,100 billion dollars by 2019. This would be a godsend. “Even if it is too soon to dub recent African growth as ‘miraculous’, it is commonly held that this continent, and particularly sub-Saharan Africa, is in the position occupied by South-East Asia 30 years ago: on the brink of a boom,” claims a Deloitte study presented on the occasion of a distribution congress held on November 19 in Johannesburg.

The Cameroon government has just launched a call for expressions of interest to select a private investor “to establish and run an agricultural-industrial sugar complex” in the east in the “inter Bertoua-Batoria zone”. The invitation, signed on November 17 by Minister for Mines, Industry and Technological Development (Minimidt) Emmanuel Bonde, was published in the press this Thursday, the Minister stating that “the main goal of this project is to supplement the current shortfall in the national sugar market on a yearly basis and to look to the future growth of the markets in the sub-Region and beyond”.

Three NGOs, the Youth Without Borders Association (Association Jeunesse Sans Frontières – A.J.S.F), S.O.S Consumers and Time, backed by the Counsel Bhongo-Mavoungou, are seeking to expedite the cancellation of the agreement reached in 2007 between the State of Gabon and the French Logistique Bolloré Group which is responsible for the high cost of living in Gabon. These NGOs claim that this partnership has been more profitable for the Bolloré Group than for Gabon. Just two weeks ago, Minister for the Economy, Investment Promotion and Future Prospects Régis Immongault paid a visit to the markets in the Gabon capital to check on the implementation of the agreement signed in 2012 between the State of Gabon and the key figures in the trade sector.

A Common Agricultural Policy is in the process of being honed for the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique central – CEMAC) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). In actual fact, when they met on Thursday in Chad capital Ndjamena, the Ministers of Agriculture of these countries were working on the outlines of this strategy. The tools available to them include the Central African Regional Programme for Food Security, the Regional Agricultural Investment, Food Security and Nourishment Programme, the Special Regional Agricultural Development Fund, the Regional Central African Cotton and Textiles Development Strategy, and the establishment of a Regional Animal Health Centre.

On behalf of the Ivory Coast State, Minister of Agriculture Coulibaly Mamadou Sangafowa has signed a partnership outline agreement with Nestlé Ivory Coast CEO Mauricio Alarcon covering the launch of the Nescafé Plan, under implementation in the country since last year. The partnership relates to the sustainable development of green coffee in Ivory Coast and is a part of the national policy to revive coffee cultivation. According to the Minister of Agriculture, the programme has required the Government to set aside an investment of eight billion CFA francs.

Monday, 01 December 2014

ACP Secretariat

Meeting in Strasbourg (See below)

European Parliament

01-03 December: ACP Parliamentary Assembly & Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (Starsbourg)

03-04 December 2014: Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

03 December 2014: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

03-04 December 2014: Committee on Fisheries

Council of the EU

01 December 2014: Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Other

02 December 2014: DG DevCO InfoPoint Lunch-time conference – INFORM – Index for Risk Management, New Tool for shared risk analysis (12.30 – 13.30)

04 December 2014: DG DevCO InfoPoint Lunch-time conference - Research Programme EAU4Food – Irrigation EAU4Food: European Union and African Union cooperative research to increase Food production in irrigated farming systems in Africa (13.00 – 14.30)

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